Panchayats cannot interfere with local mining activity: Goa Govt

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 22 March 2016 12:10 IST

Goa’s mines department has directed the Caurem-Pirla panchayat secretary to act against the panchayat members if they obstruct mining activity in the village and declare the panchayat resolution in this regard null and void.

The issue has come up with Caurem villagers, led by panch Ravindra Velip, stopping transportation of e-auctioned ore from the Fomento mining lease by outside contractor and demanding to route it through the local co-operative society formed by the villagers.

Reacting to the resolution passed by the panchayat in this regard on 19 February, Mines director Prasanna Acharya has written to the Caurem-Pirla panchayat secretary on 16 March to take action.

He has also sent a copy of this letter to the Director of Panchayat with a request to advise all the panchayats not to pass any such illegal resolutions.

Acharya contends that the Goa Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage Rules, 2013 do not contain any provision to obtain prior permission of any local body to commence mining operation or allied activities like transportation, storage of mineral etc.

 

Secondly, states the director, the Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 also does not empowers the Panchayat to interfere in any trading or business activity of mining or allied activities in the village.

Based on this, he has asked the panchayat secretary to declare the panchayat resolution null and void.

He has also directed the panchayat secretary to take action against panch Ravindra Velip who, according to him, is transgressing upon powers not vested in the panchayat in order to promote his commercial interest.

Acharya has also requested to convey to the panch members that any hindrance to the mining activity would be dealt with legal action as it would mean sabotaging the activity concerning e-auction, which is carried out as per the Supreme Court directive.

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I liked him saying following the SC directives ,how about directive of minning corridor,?is it a short term virtual operation for dependants votes as whoever loses in the coming election will use their proxies to file the suit so it is ceased again.They will never spread the huge income to the Goans as they wants to have a control over us.

- Dessai, Curchorem | 23 rd March 2016 00:50

 

It is wrong on the part of govt to question Goans' rights to obstruct. They have their own interpretation of constitution, law and justice.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 22 nd March 2016 16:36

 

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