Goa’s mining industry to resume with ‘double force’ through bidding process after Assembly polls: Amit Shah

Shah said the Center never made any false promises regarding the recovery of the mining industry in the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured on Sunday that the iron ore mining industry in Goa, which became non-operational almost four years ago, will start operating with ‘double force’ through a transparent bidding process after the Assembly elections in the state.
Mining operations, which used to be one of Goa’s main sources of income, came to an abrupt halt in the state in March 2018 after the Supreme Court annulled 88 mining leases.
“I tell you that after the elections, through a transparent bidding process, the mining industry in Goa will start working with double strength,” Shah said at a public rally in the assembly constituency. from Sanvordem, a mining-dominated belt about 70km from here, to campaign for BJP candidate and former MLA Ganesh Gaonkar ahead of the February 14 state elections.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and BJP State Unit Chairman Sadanand Shet Tanavade were also present on the occasion.
Shah said the Center never made any false promises regarding the recovery of the mining industry in the state.
“The Center has studied in detail the Supreme Court’s order on the mining industry and CM Pramod Sawant has had four meetings with me. Sawant had also met with Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi as well as the Attorney General and Solicitor General and found a solution,” he said.
The Union government has drawn up a special policy on mining dumps, after which the state government has completed the process of establishing the Mineral Corporation in the state, he added.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) had released their joint manifesto for the upcoming Goa polls on Saturday, promising the resumption of mining operations. In the document, they mentioned that “establishing environmentally sustainable mining practices with 80% reservation for Goans in mining contracts and mining jobs would be the priority” of their government.
Upon arriving in Goa on Saturday afternoon, Shah visited Sai Baba Temple in Borim village before addressing a public meeting in Ponda constituency, South Goa. He then joined the door-to-door campaign in Sanvordem constituency for Gaonkar. The BJP denied incumbent MP and controversial PWD Minister Deepak Prabhu Pauskar a ticket when Gaonkar was commissioned.
CM Sawant and Tanavade accompanied Shah on the door-to-door campaign.
“Shah distributed copies of the performance report of the BJP government in Goa to the people while canvassing in Sanvordem,” a senior BJP official said.

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