The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has expressed opposition to District Mineral Foundation rules notified by government of Goa. According to CSE, these rules failed to make DMF relevant to the ‘people’ with ‘misplaced focus’ on fund utilisation

The government has proposed setting up of an independent water regulatory authority and amendments to the Goa Ground Water Regulation Act, 2002 and Goa Irrigation Act, 1973 to manage and regulate utilisation of water resources in the state.

The 30-month closure of mining operations has dented the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) bringing it down to 7.7 per cent during the financial year 2013-14, from 20.20 per cent in 2011-12, according to the Economic Survey 2014-15 tabled in the Goa Assembly on 24 March 2015.

After renewing nearly 43 iron ore mining leases by signing lease deeds in the last one month, the State government notified ‘The Goa Grant of Mining Leases Policy, 2014’. The policy, notified following the recent Mines and Minerals Development Regulation (MMDR) Act amendment ordinance 2015, has no changes in it.

The Goa government cleared the much-awaited mining policy promising lifting of the temporary suspension on mining operations in the state on case-wise basis and also ruling out auctioning of leases.

This Goa investment policy 2014 cleared by the state cabinet intends to attract investors to Goa resulting in facilitation of ` 25,000 crore worth new investment and creation of 50,000 jobs in the next five years. Another key objective of this policy is creating innovative and socially acceptable mechanisms to make land available for industrial development.

Budget being a short-term and seasonal exercise is primarily an answer to the economic survey of the preceding year. Economic reforms and policies need not wait for the budget. Traditionally, budget should limit itself to reforms in revenue mobilization to avoid leakages in collection.

In exercise of the powers conferred by the section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (Central Act 67 of 1957) and all other powers enabling it in this behalf, the Government of Goa hereby amends Goa (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Storage and Transportation of Minerals) Rules, 2013.

These are the guidelines released by the Goa government for installation of site-specific location of Mobile Base Station Tower (MBST) in the state. These are in compliance with the advisory guidelines issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, dated 1 st August 2013.

Goa is one of the foremost states to implement the Goa ground water Regulation Act, 2A02 (Goa Act 1 of 2002). Government has already notified the Ground Water Officers for North and South districts of Goa and also the Ground Water Cell under the chairmanship of Chief Engineer, WRD. Government of Goa has also made rules under the Act.