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State forwards mining draft review petition to Attorney General

Panjim: Two months after iron ore mining activities were placed under suspension, the State government has finally forwarded the draft review petition in the lease renewal matter to the Attorney General of India for submission before the Supreme Court.

Following the go ahead from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government has forwarded the draft petition to Attorney General KK Venugopal for approval and submission.Sources revealed that the government will seek an amendment to the February 7 order to allow mining activities to continue in the State till finalisation of the auction process. “Government is banking on the fact that sudden closure of mining operations has led over two lakh people, dependent on the industry directly or indirectly, jobless. Also State economy is affected,” sources said.

“Government will also inform that it is ready to auction the leases,” sources said adding that the ‘government will also impress upon allowing transportation of ore, lying outside and on the leases to ensure business for the dependents’.

The Supreme Court on February 7 quashed and set aside the second renewals granted to 88 iron ore mining leases, directing them to stop operations from March 15. Accordingly, all mining activities, except transportation of ore lying at jetties and barges, are under suspension. [H]

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