Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative Assembly on Tuesday evening that members would be taken into confidence while finalizing draft of the mining policy, which is a precursor for resumption of the iron ore extraction activity in the state.
Parrikar in the Assembly indicated that the mining leases, which are currently in the state of suspension, may be handed over to their traditional owners, as state has refused to take them over and even auction them.
The mining industry in Goa has been on hold since September 2012, after it was hit by allegations of illegal mining, and the Supreme Court imposed the ban on fresh extraction and exports.
"Auctioning the mining leases would mean inviting bidders from across the country. It would also invite mafia and there would be problems in the state," Parrikar said.
He said that the mining policy would be notified by September 15, and leases would be granted by October 15, this year.
While state government has specified their deadlines, the stakeholders of this industry fear that it would take more time for the resumption.
"The issue does not settle after granting mining leases. The Environment Clearances by union environment and forest ministry for these leases is currently suspended, it needs to be restored," Goa Mining People's Front convener Suhas Naik said.
Naik said that the mine owners will also have to get licences from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), which will take further time.
He said that the state government should give exact time frame as to when mining would resume in the state.

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