PIL in SC to restrain resumption of mining in Goa

A petition was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court to restrain the resumption of iron and manganese ore mining in Goa amid a judicial commission estimating a loss of Rs 35,000 crore to the exchequer due to illegal mining there since 2000.

The Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) petition filed by the NGO, Goa Foundation, also sought setting up of a special probe agency to investigate the massive loss to the state, the illegalities committed in mining activities and the connivance of public servants in abetting the same.

The NGO, filing the petition through advocate Prashant Bhushan, referred to the report of Justice ( Retd) MB Shah Commission and alleged that " iron ore worth Rs 35,000 crore was plundered by the mining companies, committing theft of government property."  Read more

Source HERALD news

The Goa State Biodiversity Board constituted

The Government of Goa has constituted the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) to advise government, on matters relating to the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of it components and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of biological resources.

The board is constituted under section 22 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (Central Act No. 18 of 2003). The board is headed by minister for environment Alina Saldanha and member secretary Nitin Sawant. Read more

Goa State Biodiversity Board Link