Pramod Sawant News

Water war: Amit Shah never consulted Goa on Mhadei diversion, say BJP mantris
Times of India | 6 hours ago | |
Times of India
6 hours ago | |

PANAJI: Two days after Union home minister Amit Shah said water-sharing issue between Karnataka and Goa was “resolved” by his party to allow diversion of water to Karnataka in consultation with the Goa government, two BJP ministers of the Pramod Sawant-led government came down heavily on Shah and said it was “condemnable and unacceptable” and no discussion had taken place on water diversion.“I condemn the Union home minister’s statement tooth and nail. We are not against in-basin use of Mhadei’s water. But we are against the water being taken outside its basin by Karnataka for use. It may be anybody, if they speak of out-of-basin use of water of the Mhadei, I will condemn it,” state environment minister Nilesh Cabral said on Monday.State water resources minister Subhash Shirodkar also said Shah’s statement was “unacceptable” and no discussion had taken place on diverting the Mhadei water to Karnataka when the Goa delegation had met the home minister.The ministers’ remarks come close on the heels of widespread anti-BJP sentiment on the Mhadei issue with gram sabhas across the state accusing the government of saying one thing and doing another. Cabral, who is also the law minister, said if the Centre did not support Goa, the state has plenty of legal options still available. He said that the House panel formed in Goa will be meeting Shah in Delhi shortly and will ask him when such a consultation was made with Goa.Goa has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop Karnataka from carrying out construction activities based on the detailed project report (DPR) approved by the Centre to divert water from the Mhadei. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on February 13.“The Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal has only given permission to Karnataka to use water for drinking. Now, the statement made (by Shah) is that the water will be used for irrigation. We don’t know what this is,” said Cabral.“I have come here today (Saturday) to tell you that BJP, by finding a solution to the long-pending fight between the two states (Goa and Karnataka), provided the Mhadei water to Karnataka, which will be beneficial to farmers across many districts of Karnataka,” Shah had said at a public rally at Kittur in Belagavi district.Cabral reiterated that chief minister Pramod Sawant had not held any discussion whatsoever with Shah over diverting the Mhadei water in Karnataka’s favour.“I am backing the CM 100% on this. He has not made any such statement (before Shah) and he will not make it. I don’t know how Amit Shah is making this statement,” said Cabral.He said the Goa delegation had earlier gone to meet the home minister in keeping with the legal provision wherein the home minister holds negotiations to resolve any dispute existing between two states.“We don’t have any elections here, so I am condemning his (Shah’s) statement. We have two options. We can resolve it with the support from the central leadership. And if we don’t get support, we have the legal route. We will go to the courts. Ultimately, the judiciary will take all angles into consideration and decide,” said Cabral.“I do not accept the home minister’s statement. When we met him, no such discussion took place. He told us that there are BJP governments in Goa and in Karnataka and that our interests will be taken care of,” said WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.

Water war: Amit Shah never consulted Goa on Mhadei diversion, say BJP mantris
CM says Nanus Fort, Deepaji Rane’s house will be restored, seeks people’s support
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

Valpoi: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday assured to restore Nanus Fort to its former glory with the support of the people.“Deepaji Rane, who staged the first revolt against the Portuguese in 1852, will be annually honoured with a guard of honour at the fort,” he said. Sawant was addressing a gathering at the fort on the occasion of the Republic Day. A guard of honour was also presented for the first time at the historic fort located in Sattari taluka to commemorate the revolt.“Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule on December 19, 1961. The events of 1852 and Deepaji Rane’s achievements should be remembered forever,” he said. The chief minister said the government wants to restore the fort which is currently in ruins. Sawant said that Nanus Fort in Sattari and Deepaji Rane’s house at Kumbharkhan will be restored and given a facelift through the archaeology and public works departments. He urged land owners in the vicinity of the fort to support the state government in terms of acquiring land for the restoration work, approach road, etc. “People may gift the required land or allow the government to acquire the land so that a proposal in this regard can be moved from our side,” said Sawant.“The Archaeological Survey of India or the state archives and archaeology department will be requested to take up the fort’s restoration,” Sawant said.

CM says Nanus Fort, Deepaji Rane’s house will be restored, seeks people’s support
CM Pramod Sawant insists IIT campus will be set up in South Goa
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

MARGAO: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday reiterated that the IIT campus will be set up in South Goa. “Search for the land is ongoing. The IIT campus will be set up in South Goa,” he said. However, he declined to comment whether it would still come up in Sanguem. Protesters in Sanguem had rejoiced after the Union education ministry said in November 2022 that the land identified by the state government at Cortali, Sanguem, will no longer be considered to set up the IIT campus.The Union ministry had informed Goa that the land identified in Sanguem was not suitable for IIT and that it had decided not to send a site selection committee to inspect the same. The 7 lakh sqm land was found to be insufficient.Following this, Sanguem MLA Subhash Phal Dessai had said more land adjoining the identified site would be added to the property to make it suitable for a permanent campus for IIT. IIT Goa became operational in 2016 and ever since the Goa government has been trying to find suitable land for a permanent campus for the institute.It is presently operating from its temporary campus at the Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi.

CM Pramod Sawant insists IIT campus will be set up in South Goa
  • IIT Campus Will Come Up In South Goa: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant
  • Ndtv

    Search for the land is going on, he said. (File photo)Panaji: A campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will come up in South Goa and efforts are on to identify a suitable land for it, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said.The state government had earlier identified a land for setting up the IIT campus at Shel-Melaulim village in Sattari taluka of North Goa district, but the project was then scrapped following violent protests by locals in 2021.Later, another piece of land was identified at Cotarli in Sanguem taluka of South Goa district but as it was insufficient, the project was dropped last year.The issue was discussed during the recently held winter session of the Goa Assembly.Talking to reporters on Monday, Mr Sawant said, "The IIT campus would be set up in South Goa. Search for the land is going on." The CM had earlier said in the state Assembly that some people were going around opposing the land acquisition for the IIT Goa campus.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe had refused to reveal the area where the land was being identified, fearing “unnecessary protest". During a discussion in the House on the issue, Congress MLA Altone D'Costa, who represents Quepem Assembly segment in South Goa, had asked the state government to set up the IIT campus in his constituency.He had said land was available at Betul in Quepem constituency to set up the institute campus.Featured Video Of The DaySonu Sood Sings 'Dil Chori', Soldiers Love His Desi Swag

Vijai Sardesai: Build all 59 dams to tap Mhadei water
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PROVORIM: If permission to Karnataka’s detailed project report (DPR) for the Mhadei water diversion is not withdrawn by the Centre, then chief minister Pramod Sawant should never use the term ‘doubleengine sarkar’ again, Fatorda GFP MLA Vijai Sardesai said in the House on Thursday. This will be a failure of the double-engine government, and it will prove that having a BJP government at the Centre and in the state has no meaning, he said. Sardesai moved an amendment to the house resolution on the Mhadei and demanded that a resolution be passed by the House stating that within the next six months the Goa government will take up work on all 59 projects to tap the Mhadei’s water, as recommended by the 1999 masterplan. This will make the state’s case against Karnataka stronger, he said. “During the last assembly session, the CM said that the coal handling capacity at Mormugao port will not be increased at any cost. But, yesterday, approval was received to increase coal handling,” said Sardesai, adding the same may happen in the case of the Mhadei diversion issue, despite chief minister Pramod Sawant’s assurances. He said that it is not the opposition that is playing politics over the Mhadei issue. That the approval to Karnataka’s diversion project came ahead of elections there shows that BJP at the Centre is using it as a political issue, he said. “Our advocate general says that no water has been diverted from the main Mhadei, but water from the Kalasa and the Bhandura nullahs have been diverted. This is like saying that one hand and one leg of a patient have been amputated, but he is doing fine.” He said that while the government did not even find the issue worth mentioning in the governor’s address, it was good to see the issue now being discussed as critical by BJP MLAs. “The ruling MLAs are saying the BJP government will give justice on the Mhadei issue, and we are supposed to silently accept it and go along with it. You cannot expect us to be cheerleaders,” said Sardesai. Sardesai said that an amendment brought by Union minister Prakash Jawadekar allows states like Karnataka to go ahead with drinking water projects without any forest clearances, which will make it simpler for Karnataka to bulldoze its water diversion works.

Vijai Sardesai: Build all 59 dams to tap Mhadei water
  • Build dams, Goa can export water, Naik reiterates
  • Times of India

    Porvorim: Amidst a serious debate on Karnataka’s plans to divert water from the Mhadei river basin, agriculture minister Ravi Naik once again reiterated his plan to build several dams across Goa to store rainwater for consumption and export. Naik said that Goa can use the dam water to earn foreign exchange through export of water. “The central government should give us Rs 20,000 crore and we can build as many dams that we want, and we can store as much water as we want,” said Naik. Naik was speaking on a government resolution to demand that the Centre withdraw the approvals granted to Karnataka’s detailed project report for water diversion from the Mhadei. Naik said that Goa gets a significant amount of rain, which is not efficiently utilised. He said that Goa can even explore the possibility of exporting water to countries in exchange for fuel. “The approvals for DPR should be withdrawn by the Centre. There can be wars over water in the future and for this we need to be alert,” said Naik.

  • To utilise Mhadei, Goa planned 61 dams in ’99, only 2 are ready
  • Times of India

    On the Goa-Karnataka border, at the foothills of the Western Ghats, a tiny village is in the eye of a storm. It is in this village of Kankumbi, where Karnataka has started its work of diverting water from the Mhadei.Four short concrete pillars in the Kankumbi forest range, across the Kalasa, stand testimony to Karnataka’s intention to divert water from Goa’s lifeline into the Malaprabha basin.Further north of the Kalasa, there are large canals carrying water into the Malaprabha basin. This work began without any forest clearances. But even as Karnataka has embarked on the Mhadei diversion project—officially and unofficially—the tiny state of Goa continues to keep going back to the drawing board, deliberating and discussing ways and most often than not failing to come up with solutions to utilise the Mhadei water.Over three decades after a masterplan was drawn in 1999 to utilise the Mhadei’s water by envisaging 61 projects across the river, Goa has only the Anjunem and the Amthane reservoirs to show.Goa had even submitted before the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal that it intends to meet the demand for its ‘major uses’ through these projects and 61 dams are required to meet Goa’s water requirement up to 2051. But except for the two reservoirs, the rest 59 projects continue to remain on paper, with the state initiating the process for 10 minor dams just two years ago. Karnataka has long argued that the Mhadei’s waters flow into the sea and therefore, it should be allowed to divert only to meet its “drinking water requirements” in Hubballi and Dharwad.Manoj Borkar, who has been researching Goa’s faunal taxa for three decades, said that Karnataka’s argument that Goa is allowing its water to flow into the sea is foolish at best.“That is the natural cycle of the river. If the flow is stopped it would not be a river. The Mhadei is a river upstream, which as it meanders down turns into an estuary before it meets the sea. The delicate balance in salinity in its coastal plains is maintained by a cycle of precipitation and evaporation, which will be destroyed if the water flow is stopped at Kankumbi,” he said.But it is only in 2020, more than two decades later, that the Goa water resources department initiated the process to set up 10 minor dams in the Mandovi basin and soil investigation was carried out with assistance from the forest department.Of the 10 minor reservoirs for which survey and investigation work was taken up, work on two located at Dharbandora in Kajumol and in Tatodi was expected to be taken up first. But with the matter now pending before the Supreme Court, Goa will require several clearances before the work can begin.“The projects still need to go through many stages, environment impact assessment and get forest and wildlife clearances. The projects also need approval of the central water commission of the Union ministry of water resources — irrespective of the fact that they are minor projects — since they are in a contested basin,” said a senior government official.A report by a private entity, on behalf of the Goa Energy Development Agency and the water resources department, has clearly stated that there is a potential for hydro power projects at nine locations across the state, including on the Mhadei’s waters at Harvalem waterfall, Anjunem dam and Amthane minor irrigation tank.Initial reviews of site conditions indicate that 100kW, 70kW and 20kW micro hydro machines can be installed at site locations.“Hydroelectricity projects were first conceptualised on the Mhadei in the 1960s and even the foundation stone was laid. Though it was found unfeasible at the time, new technology now makes it feasible. The draft State Water Policy, 2021, had also suggested that the process of setting up hydro power plants in Goa’s river basins needs to be expedited,” said an expert.A study by SR Shetye (former director of National Institute of Oceanography), D Shankar, Neetu S and K Suprit shows that the run-off from the Mandovi is much higher than the present dam storage capacity created by the Goa government to date.“The only functional dam on the Mandovi is the Anjunem Dam. The storage capacity of the dam is 45Mcum, less than 1% of the runoff estimated in Panaji. On the Zuari, there exists a much bigger dam, the Selaulim dam. With a storage capacity of about 227Mcum (about 10% of the Zuari’s virgin flow at its mouth near Cortalim),” said the study. Experts like Sachin Tendulkar, a 2007 Fulbright scholar who has studied hydrological problems in Australia, reckon that Goa must get serious about managing its water resources better and should start by drawing catchment management plans.“Water basins are unique. We need to arrive at this golden mean as to what extent we can stretch our catchment areas. The Mhadei issue is a wake-up call,” he said.

Be assertive, pro-active in fight against K’taka over Mhadei: Vijai
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Provorim: If permission to Karnataka’s detailed project report (DPR) for the Mhadei water diversion is not withdrawn by the Centre, then chief minister Pramod Sawant should never use the term ‘double-engine sarkar’ again, Fatorda GFP MLA Vijai Sardesai said in the House on Thursday.This will be a failure of the double-engine government, and it will prove that having a BJP government at the Centre and in the state has no meaning, he said.Sardesai moved an amendment to the house resolution on the Mhadei and demanded that a resolution be passed by the House stating that within the next six months the Goa government will take up work on all 59 projects to tap the Mhadei’s water, as recommended by the 1999 masterplan.This will make the state’s case against Karnataka stronger, he said, stressing that the state government needs to be pro-active and assertive in its fight against Karnataka over the Mhadei diversion.“During the last assembly session, the CM said that the coal handling capacity at Mormugao port will not be increased at any cost. But, yesterday, approval was received to increase coal handling,” said Sardesai, adding the same may happen in the case of the Mhadei diversion issue, despite chief minister Pramod Sawant’s assurances.He said that it is not the opposition that is playing politics over the Mhadei issue. That the approval to Karnataka’s diversion project came ahead of elections there shows that BJP at the Centre is using it as a political issue, he said.“Our advocate general says that no water has been diverted from the main Mhadei, but water from the Kalasa and the Bhandura nullahs have been diverted. This is like saying that one hand and one leg of a patient have been amputated, but he is doing fine.” He said that while the government did not even find the issue worth mentioning in the governor’s address, it was good to see the issue now being discussed as critical by BJP MLAs.“The ruling MLAs are saying the BJP government will give justice on the Mhadei issue, and we are supposed to silently accept it and go along with it. You cannot expect us to be cheerleaders,” said Sardesai.Sardesai said that an amendment brought by Union minister Prakash Jawadekar allows states like Karnataka to go ahead with drinking water projects without any forest clearances, which will make it simpler for Karnataka to bulldoze its water diversion works.

Be assertive, pro-active in fight against K’taka over Mhadei: Vijai
Past 5 film fests saw less than 1.5% foreign delegates: Goa govt
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PANAJI: The International Film Festival of India (Iffi) hasn’t been able to attract international delegates despite the state government spending crores of rupees every year.International delegates have constituted less than 2% of total delegates each year, as per data from the past five editions of the festival.Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who is also minister for information and publicity, in a written reply submitted to the Goa legislative assembly, stated that international delegates didn’t make up more than 1.5% of the total delegates who registered for the festival between 2018 and 2022.The last edition of the festival — the 53rd edition, held in Goa in November 2022 — received 83 international delegates — a mere 1.2% of the total 6,774 delegates who registered for the festival.Similarly, international delegates comprised 1.5%, 1.4%. 1.1% and 0.9% for the 49th, 50th, 51st and 52nd editions of the festival in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2021, out of the total of 6,635, 8,263, 2,898, and 4,068 delegates respectively who registered.Non-Goan (Indian) delegates constituted a large chunk of the delegates — close to 67%, while Goan delegates made up for 32% of the total delegates, on average at each of the past five editions of the festival.Sawant was replying to a question by leader of opposition Yuri Alemao on the expenditure incurred by the Goa government and the breakup of delegates at the past five editions of Iffi.The chief minister further submitted that the Goa government spent over Rs 76 crore for the past five editions of the festival, of which it received a mere Rs 16.6 crore financial assistance/grants from the Central government and Rs 2.3 crore from sponsorships.

Past 5 film fests saw less than 1.5% foreign delegates: Goa govt
Illegal houses on comunidade, govt land will be razed: Goa CM Pramod Sawant
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PORVORIM: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said illegal houses on government and comunidade land will be demolished. He made the statement in the assembly while passing a bill to grant a 90-day extension to regularise illegal houses. The state on Wednesday passed the Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate said at least 4,800 applications are pending. The government also passed the Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2023, to do away with the need for approval from the revenue department for activities undertaken in pursuance of permission granted under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957. Sawant said this bill will be applicable to those leases that were permitted before 2007 even as opposition leader Yuri Alemao demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee in case the government is not aware of the changes made in it. The Indian Stamp (Goa Amendment) Bill, 2023, was passed too, to include brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law within the ambit of a gift deed execution. Presently, the prescribed stamp duty on gifts is Rs 5,000 if the instrument of the gift deed is carried out in favour of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, grandsons or granddaughters.

Illegal houses on comunidade, govt land will be razed: Goa CM Pramod Sawant
  • Illegal houses on govt & comunidade land will be razed, says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
  • Times of India

    PORVORIM: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said illegal houses on government and Comunidade land would be demolished. He made the statement in the assembly while passing a bill to grant a 90-day extension to regularise illegal houses. The state government on Wednesday passed The Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction (Amendment) Bill, 2023, to grant an extension of 90 days to file applications for regularising unauthorised houses in Goa. Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate said at least 4,800 applications are pending. The government also passed the Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2023, to do away with the need for approval from the revenue department for activities undertaken in pursuance of permission granted under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957.Sawant said this bill would be applicable to those leases that were permitted before 2007 even as opposition leader Yuri Alemao demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee in case the government is not aware of the changes made in it.

Appropriation Bill passed, allows govt to withdraw over Rs 1,200cr
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Porvorim: The Goa Appropriation Bill, 2023, was passed in the House on Wednesday. The Bill empowers the government to withdraw over Rs 1,200 crore from the state’s Consolidated Fund as supplementary grants for the financial year 2022-23. Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that CAG has pointed out that Goa’s GSDP is 1.1% which is higher than the national rate. “CAG stated that Goa economy is having positive rate,” Sawant said.sSawant said that over Rs 100 crore will be utilised for pension and salaries and over Rs 160 crore would be utilised for schemes. Sawant said that revenue from mining will start in two to three years. Sawant said that the state government will make budgetary provision of funds for the Konkani Bhavan.Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that considering the utilisation of funds by the government this year, 20% budget will remain unutilised. Sardesai questioned why the state government did not re-tender the mining block after the export duty was withdrawn. “The last date for purchase of tender was November 15, 2022 and the central government withdrew the export duty on November 18. To get maximum revenue for the state, why the government did not re-tender the blocks to get optimum value for natural resources?” Sardesai said.Opposition leader Yuri Alemao demanded allocation of funds for the Konkani Bhavan, among other projects.

Appropriation Bill passed, allows govt to withdraw over Rs 1,200cr
Centre must withdraw DPR or will call for bandh: Vijai Sardesai
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PANAJI: GFP president Vijai Sardesai said that while chief minister Pramod Sawant says it was the Congress government that mishandled the Mhadei issue between 2007 and 2012, the very Digambar Kamat who was the Congress CM at the time is now in Sawant’s cabinet, and then Congress president Subhash Shirodkar is now the WRD minister.Sardesai was speaking at the ‘Save Mhadei, Save Goa’ public meeting held at the Virdi-Amona ground on Monday.He said that a call for a Goa bandh will be given if the Centre does not withdraw the sanction given to Karnataka’s revised detailed project report within 15 days .“He (Sawant) claimed the opposition MLAs did not attend the all-party meeting on the Mhadei issue. But these co-accused for mishandling the Mhadei issue were part of the meeting, and so we as the opposition did not see the point of being with the same people who are responsible for the mishandling of the issue,” said Sardesai.He said that a day before the Save Mhadei meeting, the CM addressed the public over the Mhadei issue in a last-minute attempt to douse the fire blazing in the backyard of his constituency, Sanquelim.“To retain his chair, Sawant is now ready to sell something that he has said he considers bigger than his mother,” said Sardesai.Stating that the Goa governor, during his address in the assembly on Monday, did not speak a word on the Mhadei issue, Sardesai said that “they are all traitors”.“Pramod Sawant said that I moved a congratulatory motion in the assembly when the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal’s award came, not knowing its implications. Sawant himself was the speaker at the time,” he said.“If you feel your work is not done, then you should resign and I am with you in giving my resignation. BJP has this one nation concept, where rivers and forests are considered one and that you should give them away to other states like Karnataka. If we want to fight this technique, we should start resistance at the grassroots. Let all 40 MLAs resign if your double-engine does not work,” said Sardesai.

Centre must withdraw DPR or will call for bandh: Vijai Sardesai
Mining auction, nod for auction of rejected ore mark new beginning for Goa’s mining sector, says governor
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: The auction of four mining blocks and the nod for the auction of rejected ore will usher in a new era for Goa’s mining industry, said state governor S Sreedharan Pillai on Monday. Speaking on the first day of the winter session of the state legislative assembly, Pillai said that the Pramod Sawant government’s efforts to restart mining operations had paid off.“My government’s efforts to resume mining have finally borne fruits. I am happy to state that permission is given to auction the dumps or rejected ore which will initiate the process of starting full-fledged mining,” said Pillai. “A new era has begun for the mining sector in Goa”.Pillai said the resumption of mining operations was a major step to ensure employment for locals and end the hardship faced by the mining-dependent workers.Four iron ore mining blocks have been auctioned and the allotment orders have been issued. Three blocks in Bicholim and one in Sanguem taluka were auctioned off with the mining firms paying a premium of 63.55 per cent, 99.25 per cent, 111.28 per cent and 86.40 per cent for the ore.The auction process concluded on December 21 and all the successful bidders have made the upfront payment of 20% or Rs 43.19 crore each.

Mining auction, nod for auction of rejected ore mark new beginning for Goa’s mining sector, says governor
  • Will auction all mining leases before March 31, says Sawant
  • Times of India

    Panaji: The state will auction the rest of the mining leases within three months considering mining activities for the next 50 years, said chief minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday. The state will also formulate a policy to handle dumps on private and government land to start dump mining, he said.“We will complete the auctioning of mining blocks before March 31,” Sawant said. He also handed over the letters of intent to the successful bidders of the four recently auctioned iron ore blocks in Sankhali to operate for 50 years. He said that if the mining leases were renewed between 2007 and 2012, the existing companies would have been able to operate them for the next 25 years. “Because the leases were not renewed, the so-called environmentalists got the opportunity to approach the Supreme Court. There is a possibility that iron ore was extracted beyond the permissible limit, but the leases were not renewed by the previous government. The government is continuing the process. If my government had not auctioned the blocks then Goa would have faced its ill effects. Considering the next 50 years, I have auctioned mining leases,” the chief minister said, even as he urged the successful bidders not to do injustice to the earlier mining staff.Stating that the state government consistently followed up on the case for revival of the mining industry in the state, he said, “The revival shall provide employment opportunities in mining areas as well as boost the overall economy of the state. I am happy to hand over LOIs to the successful bidders namely, Vedanta Ltd, Salgaocar Shipping Pvt Ltd, Rajaram Bandekar (Sirigao) Mines Pvt Ltd and the Fomento Group,” Sawant said.Sawant said that the way the state government helped mining dependents after mining activities came to a halt is unprecedented in the country. The delay in conducting the auction, he said, was because he was trying to convince the Union government that the second renewal was valid and mining companies should be allowed to operate their leases. Director of mines and geology Suresh Shanbhogue said that all efforts would be made to start full scale mining activities in Goa. “We will float notice inviting tenders (NIT) at regular intervals. This month the second NIT will be floated. I urge successful bidders to approach the authorities for fresh approvals,” he said.

"Rare Gift" Of God: 2 Members Of Goa Family Become Bishops
Ndtv | 2 weeks ago | |
Ndtv
2 weeks ago | |

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant recently met Father Sebastiao MascarenhasPanaji: A family from Goa has attained the distinction of two of its members becoming bishops, which their relatives described as a blessing and a "rare gift" of God.Father Theodore Mascarenhas became the auxillary bishop of Ranchi in 2014. His elder brother, Father Sebastiao Mascarenhas, will take over as the bishop of Baroda in February.In the Catholic church, bishops and archbishops are appointed by the Pope.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant recently met Fr Sebastiao Mascarenhas and said Goa is honoured to witness the appointment of two bishops from the same family.The brothers are priests of the Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier. They have another younger brother and a sister who live in Camurlim village in Salcette area of South Goa district.Their sister Maria Dias said the appointment of her second brother as the bishop, a Christian priest of high rank, has brought in great joy for the family."It is a blessing for the family and the village of Camurlim to have two brothers as bishops," she said.The family is extremely grateful to God for such an achievement, she said.“It is a very rare gift. It means a blessing for us and our village,” Dias said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comGoa CM Sawant met Fr Sebastiao Mascarenhas earlier this month.The CM in a tweet on January 3 said, "Had the pleasure of meeting the Bishop Elect of Baroda, Gujarat, Rev. Fr. Sebastiao Mascarenhas. Fr. Sebastiao hails from Ambora, Raia and is the brother of Rev Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas. Goa is honoured to witness the appointment of 2 Bishops from the same family." PTI RPS GK GKFeatured Video Of The DayDelhi Man Attacks Neighbour With Acid After Fight Over Dog

"Rare Gift" Of God: 2 Members Of Goa Family Become Bishops