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Yet another committee to probe mining illegalities in Goa

Posted on Nov 23, 01:34PM | IBNS

The Goa government has notified Justice R M Khandeparkar committee to investigate massive illegalities in the mining sector, a month after the cabinet approved its formation.

The notification comes two days after the central empowered committed (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court (SC) pulled up the state government for providing 'inadequate and incomplete information over the condition of mines in the state of the past six years'.

Meanwhile, in the state notification, the committee headed by retired High Court Judge R M Khandeparkar is given a period of one year to complete their investigation.

The independent probe will probe the loss to the state exchequer due to pilferage of royalty, land cess collection, forest wealth, mineral resources and encroachments on government land.

"The committee will give suggestions and measures for regulated mining in the state and take appropriate decisions, recommend and lodge complaints and prosecute those found guilty," a government official said.

Goa police's anti corruption branch will be assisting the committee while carrying out the inquiry.

The CEC which is also investigating mining operations in the state and had recently inspected some mines.