Goa is the second state after Karnataka to get entangled in an illegal mining?controversy in recent months. A report by the public accounts committee of the state legislature is expected to highlight facts already giving sleepless nights to the state government.
There are many similarities between what happened in the two states: illegal mining with the connivance of top politicians while the concerned officials feigned ignorance.
What is surprising, and alarming, is the scale of such illegalities before anyone even cries foul.
Demand for minerals and ores is only going to increase in the coming years. To prevent matters getting out of hand, independent mining regulators, which can issue licences without political considerations and monitor licensees, should be established quickly. Otherwise, the economic, political and ecological damage to the country will be irreversible.