Goa: Report on illegal mining accepted

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 10:02 hrs

Panaji, Nov 1 (IBNS) The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on mining, which had indicted senior Congress leaders in the scam, has been accepted by the Goa Legislative Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar said the report will be forwarded to the government for taking further action.

PAC, which was chaired by the then Leader of Opposition and current Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, had pointed out huge scam involving evasion of royalty and illegal extraction of ore.

Former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was among other Congressmen and bureaucrats inducted in the illegal mining.

The report however could not be tabled in the House last year as four Congress leaders who were a part of the committee had refused to sign it.

The Congress had accused Parrikar of a partial probe and that it was leaked to the media ahead of the assembly session in Oct 2011.

The report was based on the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General report which had revealed that 'from 2003-05, almost one crore tones of iron ore was exported from Goa ports evading royalty'.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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