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Govt to e-auction iron ore dumps lying in Goa: Sawant

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Pramod has said his government would conduct an of the piles of low-grade lying across the state, as a first step towards resumption of the industry.

held meetings with mine owners and government officials on Tuesday to work out a solution for the resumption of the industry, which came to a halt in March 2018 after the quashed the renewal of 88 leases.

The industry is a key source of revenue for the government.

told reporters here on Tuesday that various dumps of low-grade lying across would be e- auctioned to restart activity in the state.

After the process of starts, the government will formulate a Mining Dump Policy by July, he said.

The chief minister, who also holds mining portfolio, has asked the to provide the inventory of dumps lying across the state.

He said resumption of mining was his government's priority as the closure of the industry was affecting the livelihood of thousands of people across the state.

The mining stakeholders also urged the government to take steps to restart the extraction activity in the state, he said.

"We have sought more details from the stakeholders which would be useful to fight cases in the and also to work out a solution as soon as possible," he added.

Around two lakh people dependent on the mining industry in are demanding that the central government amend the existing laws to make way for its resumption in the coastal state.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:31 IST