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Goa government initiates move to restore ore exports beating the Supreme Court Order

 Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said he had been interacting with various stakeholders and experts to bail out the crisis-hit mining industry in the state. The chief minister said he would formulate a proper plan before he meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, during the course of this month.

The mining industry in the coastal state came to standstill on March 16 in view of the Supreme Court Order quashing the second renewal of 88 iron ore leases.

"The state government is exploring all the possibilities to ensure that the mining activity resumes in as soon as possible. I would meet the prime minister in Delhi over the issue only after I get a clear idea about the solution," the chief minister told reporters here.

When asked about the day on which he would be calling on the PM, Parrikar said he had not decided on the dates as yet, but he could travel to Delhi even during the sitting of the Assembly session, scheduled to be held between July 19 and August 3.

"My target is to ensure that at least some of the mines start operating at the earliest. I am trying to see which is the best and the fastest route to resume mining activities in the state," he said.

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