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Goa govt revokes suspension on mining

In a major move, Goa government on Thursday withdrew a 2012 order which halted mining operations in the state, setting the stage for resumption of the activity whose closure had crippled once bustling industry.

The Directorate of Mines and Geology in its order has mentioned that the order dated September 10, 2012 stood suspended. The suspension had affected the livelihood of lakhs of people in the state who are dependent on mining and revocation of the order brings the much-needed cheer to the industry.

The order to suspend mining had been issued by the then chief minister and current Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, which was later confirmed by the Supreme Court in its judgement.

As per the government data, there are 75 mining leases which are valid, provided they are approved by the Mines and Geology department. The withdrawal order, which was updated on the department’s website, reads, “the state government has taken a policy decision to process renewal applications of mining leases in terms of provision.”
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