M B Shah says govt cannot disagree with report


The state government cannot disagree with the Shah commission report as "it has been prepared based on data submitted by the state mines department", said chairman of the commission, retired Justice M B Shah, on Monday.
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, in an interview to TOI, had said, "We don't have to agree with something 100% or disagree with something 100%… what I will say is it is a commission report which has many facts and which has many blanks… the blanks are left probably because it did not hear the other side… they should have issued notices to those they have pointed fingers at and taken their viewpoint and they would have realized that some of their contentions are not exactly correct."
Speaking to TOI, Shah said the report was submitted a long time ago and the government has even started implementing most of the recommendations.
The Goa Mineral Ore Exporters' Association (GMOEA) had called the commission's finding of a Rs 35,000 crore-loss due to illegal mining a "purely notional figure". Shah said the GMOEA has no choice but to refute the loss amount. "Actually, the figure is more than what we have pointed out in the report. At this time I would not like to comment further on this," Shah said.
The commission, which is preparing the third and final report, is currently facing a problem with the exports data submitted by the mines department. "We have received data from the mines department but are in the process of verifying the exports figure," said Shah. [TOI]