'Mining industry to resume with double force,' says Amit Shah in poll-bound Goa
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured that the iron ore mining industry in Goa will start functioning with "double force" through a transparent auctioning process after the Assembly elections in the state.
Addressing a public meeting at Sanvordem assembly constituency to campaign for BJP candidate Ganesh Gaonkar, Shah said, "I am telling you that after the elections, through a transparent auctioning process, Goa's mining industry will start working with double force,"
Shah said the Centre never made any false promises over the resumption of mining industry in the state.
"The Centre has studied in detail the Supreme Court's order on mining industry and CM Pramod Sawant had held four meetings with me. Sawant had also met Union minister for mines, Pralhad Joshi along with attorney general and solicitor general and found out a solution," he said.
"The Union government drafted a special mining dump policy, after which the state government completed the process of forming Mineral Corporation in the state," he added.
The mining operations, which used to one of the major sources of revenue for Goa, came to a grinding halt in the state in March 2018 after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.
Shah also distributed copies of BJP report card to people while canavassing in Sandordem. . BJP has denied ticket to sitting MLA and PWD Minister Deepak Prabhu Pauskar while fielding Gaonkar.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and BJP's state unit president Sadanand Shet Tanavade were also present on the occasion.