Panaji: The BJP government in Goa on Wednesday approved the Goa grant of mining leases policy, 2014, thereby ruling out the auction method for grant of mining leases.

Announcing this at a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the “renewals” will be done in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, “in the interest of mineral development in the state.”

The state government’s decision goes against the promise made by Narendra Modi in his 2014 Lok Sabha poll manifesto. Under the ‘Natural and National Resources’ header in the BJP’s poll manifesto, the party quotes Gandhian virtue and cautions against the culture of usurping natural resources and mismanagement.

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