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Mining scam: SC allows Goa govt to appoint principal secy as nodal officer

The Supreme Court on Monday accepted a proposal of Goa government to make its principal secretary the convener of a six-member committee formed for suggesting the annual cap on the volume of iron ore to be extracted in the state.

The state government told a three-judge bench headed Justice A K Patnaik that the bureaucrat will also act as the nodal officer for providing all logistic support to the panel which would file its report on 15 February.

Besides principal secretary of the state, the panel comprises a senior officer not below the rank of joint secretary, of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four experts.

Earlier, the bench, also comprising justices S S Nijjar and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, had nominated four experts who included an ecologist, a geologist, a mineralogist and an expert on forest, in the panel after considering various names provided by the parties including NGO Goa Foundation and the state government.
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