Goa government approves rejected iron ore export policy

The Goa cabinet on Wednesday approved a policy allowing the export of iron ore dumps, which will allow the resumption of mining activity in the coastal state for the next four to five years. Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said 10-20 million metric tons of low-grade iron ore lay in different locations outside mining leases, which can be exported under the policy. .

“Goa has enough ore to sustain mining activity for the next four to five years. This ore is found across the state in different locations,” Sawant said.

State government policy will regularize mining dumps on public and private lands, he said.

The Chief Minister further stated that in the past, the State Property Tax Code has empowered the State Government to levy fines for the use of the land for the dumping of mining waste or materials. similar without permission.

“We collected fines of Rs 200 crore in 2013-14 from people who dumped the ore outside the mining leases. Those who paid the fines will be allowed to move the dumps after getting permission from the Bureau Indian mining and payment of royalties in accordance with policy,” he said.

Sawant said dumps are allowed to be exported through the recent Minerals (Other Than Hydrocarbon and Atomic Energy Minerals) Licensing (Amendment) Rules Amendment 2021, which came into force on November 12, 2021.

As per the central rule, the state government can authorize the lessee to dispose of the ore by obtaining permission from the Indian Bureau of Mines and paying the royalty to the state government, he said.

Ore, which has been overburdened, barren or below the threshold value generated during mining or mineral beneficiation, can be exported, the chief minister added.


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