‘Detailed affidavit’ to fight ban

The state government has drafted a "detailed affidavit" seeking the vacation of the Supreme Court (SC) order of October 5, 2012, banning mining activities in Goa. The affidavit will be placed before the cabinet on Friday for approval. The case comes up for hearing before the SC on February 15.

Informing the House about the same, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said, "We will come out with flying colours." He was replying to a calling attention motion moved by Sanquelim MLA Pramod Sawant, who drew the House's attention to the ban's impact on mining-dependant people. Claiming that about 3.5 lakh people are in distress, he said, "Some stakeholders are protesting at Azad Maidan since January 15."

Parrikar said the cabinet's approval is being sought to indicate that administration is the job of the government, not the courts. "Also, what will be stated in the affidavit will be the stand of the government and not merely that of the mines department. The affidavit will show the bona fides of the government and highlight the misdeeds of the previous governments and the officials of mining and other departments," he said. [TOI]