Indian Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh has written an interesting letter today February 22, 2010 on mining to Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat . He writes as follows:
"Dear Shri Digambar Kamatji,
Please refer to your letters dated 4th February and 17th February 2010.
In response to the request you made, it has been decided to impose moratorium on consideration of mining proposals for environmental clearance under the provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 till the Mineral policy for the State of Goa is finalized and the Ministry of Environment and Forest is informed in this regard. I am advising the officer concerned to return all the proposals to the proponents which are pending for consideration and not to accept any new proposals from the State of Goa.
I also feel that time has come for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment of all the mining activities that has taken place and for which permissions have been given over the past few years. Such a study should also identify remedial measures. I am planning to ask NEERI, Nagpur to conduct this study and I am confident that I can count on your support in this regard.
With warm regards,