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Goa Assembly panel suggests CBI probe into illegal mining

india Updated: Jul 20, 2010 18:55 IST
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Goa Legislative Assembly

Goa Legislative Assembly’s ad hoc committee on mining has recommended that a central agency like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should probe the illegal mining activity.

"A detailed investigation by an independent and competent body such as the state vigilance department with efficient co-operation and co-ordination of the CBI, police and administration should undertake the matter seriously to prevent illegal mining activities," the report tabled on the floor of the House today reads.

Congress legislator, Pandurang Madkaikar, is chairing the ad hoc committee, which has presented its report to Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly.

Illegal mining activity had earned ire from opposition benches to Digamber Kamat-led government during the last assembly session.

The report has suggested that there should be measures against the illegal mining, which needs to be taken up on war-footing.

"The current provisions of the Mines and Minerals Act 1957 needed to be amended immediately to prevent illegal mining," the report suggests.

Madkaikar committee states that continuing mining over a long period of time without the renewal of the mining leases has become a potential source for serious illegalities and irregularities.