Sonia Gandhi to ask Goa government to re-examine export duty on iron ore and Goa CM and India’s PM meet

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A delegation of mine owners and mine exporters from Goa accompanied by the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane, the state Mines Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat and the Rajya Sabha member from Goa, Mr Shantaram Naik today met the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh at New Delhi and urged them to withdraw the Rs 300 per tonne export duty on iron ore.

The delegation apprised Ms Gandhi of the impact of the duty on the mining industry in the state and presented her a memorandum. She assured the delegation that she would take up the issue with the Union government and urged it to take appropriate decision in the matter.

The delegation further met the Prime Minister and also presented him the memorandum. Dr Singh assured the delegation that he would re-examine the issue and take appropriate decision soon.

The delegation urged them to strictly implement the recommendations of the Hoda Committee report. One of the recommendations of the report states that no export duty should be levied on the ore having less than 65 per cent of iron content.

Mr Kamat and Mr Naik were also present during the meeting of the delegation with Ms Gandhi and Dr Singh.

The delegation will call on the Finance Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, on March 13.

Goa CM India PM meeting

The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane discussing with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh along with the Power and Mines Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat and Mr Shantaram Naik, MP, in New Delhi on Monday.NT

Courtesy: NavhindTimes, Goa Daily

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