"The method has to be properly devised to ensure that the mine owners don't earn windfall profits once mining restarts," Parrikar told reporters in the sidelines of a press conference organized to announce BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Goa on January 12.
He said that during the current calendar year, the mining industry would resume in the state and the extraction of ore would be done keeping in mind the environmental concerns.
"Those who say that the mining should stop completely, should stop using the gadgets. If we need metal we need to mine," Parrikar said.
The CM said that the state government will work towards controlling the windfall profits earned by the mine owners, but it can be properly done only with the intervention of the central government.
"The levy of export duty of 30 percent imposed on the ore was one of the measures to control the windfall profit. There was initial impact but the profits increased after the prices of ore escalated in the international markets," he explained.
"Once BJP led government is in power at the Centre (after Lok Sabha polls), the Union Government would be given suggestions to reduce the windfall profit," he said without elaborating what other measures can be taken to control the profits.


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