Three-time MLA and Senior BJP leader Pramod Sawant on March 28 said that his government will focus on restarting mining activities in Goa, as he took oath as the state's Chief Minister for the second term. It has been four years since mining was stopped in Goa."We will focus on employment generation, tourism and restarting mining activities in Goa, in this second tenure of our government here," ANI tweeted, quoting CM Pramod Sawant.
We will focus on employment generation, tourism and restarting mining activities in Goa, in this second tenure of our government here: CM Pramod Sawant pic.twitter.com/SkN4iDFRHn
— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2022
The iron ore industry in Goa came to a standstill after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases in February 2018. In early 2021, the Supreme Court had dismissed petitions filed by the state government and a private mining company seeking review of a February 2018 order of the apex court.
In the run-up to the 2022 state elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Sawant-led state government made a slew of announcements towards resuming iron ore mining in the western Indian coastal state and spoke about a policy that would facilitate the auction of low-grade iron ore.
Senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah, had assured a solution within six months resolving the Goa mining stalemate during the recent election campaigning.
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Recently, Industry associations in Goa have pitched for the resumption of sustainable mining in the state, saying the ban on mining has adversely impacted livelihoods. CII as an apex industry body strongly recommended the resumption of sustainable mining to bring Goa's economy back on track. CII Goa State Council Chairperson Swati Salgaocar said mining is a source of revenue not only to the government but also to many secondary and tertiary industries in Goa.