Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 By PTI
Mr Manohar Parrikar chairman of PAC in the absence of proper mechanism, the mines department had let the revenue losses in the form of royalty. He said that “The mines department has shown its inability to explain the revenue losses adding that the Comptroller Auditor General in its report had mentioned about these losses.”
The leader of the Opposition said that the legal mines in the state are not regulated which leads to these issues.
Mr Parrikar added that “Goa government has powers to formulate rules and regulations to control extraction and storage of minerals. If powers are executed then legal mining can be regulated.”
PAC has asked the State Transport Director, Mr Arun Desai to check unlicensed drivers of mining trucks. He claimed that “As per rough estimates, at least 25 per cent of these drivers don’t have licences.”
The Committee has directed the Director General of Police, Mr BS Bassi, to form a squad headed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police to curb the illegalities like overloading by these trucks. Both the departments have been asked to submit the action taken report to PAC as soon as possible.
Mr Parrikar said mining trucks have become a major bone of contention in rural Goa where people are on road, almost every day, complaining about dust pollution and accidents.