The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a detailed report about the possible economic impact on Goa of the Supreme Court order setting aside the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today.
Asked whether the state will auction the mining leases as suggested by the apex court, Parrikar said, “It will be decided after taking all the parties into confidence, including the MLAs and stakeholders.”
Parrikar said he had received a call from the PMO, a day after the SC passed the judgement on February 7, inquiring about the possible impact of the apex court verdict on the state.
“In fact, when the judgement about mining was pronounced, he (PM Narendra Modi) was not in India, but the next day, I got a call from his office inquiring about the possible economic impact of the verdict,” Parrikar told reporters.
Parrikar was speaking on the sideline of a function where he laid the foundation stone of a Super Speciality Block of Goa Medical College and Hospital.
“They asked me to send a report immediately and if possible meet the prime minister. This was the message from his office,” he said, adding that the report would be submitted in another 10-15 days.
“The report cannot be prepared in a haste… It will take some time to analyse the possible impact on the state of the SC order. Right now, there is no crisis because the mining is currently happening and it can happen till March 15,” he said.
“We will see that it will continue till May 31 by way of e-auctioning and other measures. It will take care of this season,” added the Goa CM.
The mining season in the state continues till the arrival of south-west monsoon in June every year.
Last week, the Supreme Court quashed the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases in Goa in 2015, saying the sole motive of the companies behind the commercial activity was profit maximisation and no social purpose was attached to it.
(With inputs from PTI)