Sunday, May 15, 2011

Communist Party say Goa mine owners stashed black money in Swiss banks

CPI state general secretary Christopher Fonseca said so, referring to state Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate's recent detention at the Mumbai airport with more than the allowed volume of foreign currency on a visit to Dubai.

According to data submitted in the Goa Legislative Assembly during its monsoon session, ore worth Rs 4,000 crore was illegally mined and exported out of Goa to countries like China, Japan and Romania.

Even the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA), a forum of ore exporters who include top ore business houses, have cried hoarse about the rampant illegal mining in the state.

According to Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, nearly 18 percent of Goa's total 45 million tonnes mining output comprises illegally mined ore. He has also accused Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and several of his cabinet ministers of being hand-in-glove with the illegal mining mafia.

IMO: By the sound of it, correcting such practices will improve the environment and save the state money. These things are sorely needed as everyone knows that India's most beautiful state (leaving aside J&K perhaps - another state with problems). namely Goa is being turned into a garbage heap because of local greed. Maybe Delhi should take heed. Goa has had too many Govts, one a year lately, and if things are not improved, it is only a matter of time before ALL local politicians should have their assets confiscated. We need Trinamool or one of the CPIs in Goa. it seems.

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