Central empowered committee meet on illegal mining today

The Supreme Court's central empowered committee (CEC) will meet in Delhi on Wednesday with regards to alleged illegal mining of iron ore in the state.

Those expected to attend the meeting include mines secretary R K Varma, director of mines Prasanna Acharya, a representative of the Goa mineral ore exporters association, representatives of Goa mining association, petitioner Claude Alvares and the regional controller of mines.

Representatives of ministry of mines, ministry of environment and forest and federation of Indian mineral industries are also likely to be present at the meeting. The state government is likely to submit additional information requested by the CEC.

The mines department had earlier submitted the data which was inadequate and incomplete. CEC had asked the mines department to submit complete and proper information. During the CEC's visit, they inspected around 12 mines in North Goa and South Goa to verify the allegations. The SC had first heard the case on October 5 and halted all mining activity in the state. [TOI]