Rane said "strict action should be taken against illegal mining activity as Goa's name is being spoilt" but asked the legislators to refrain from "blaming or naming anybody" irrespective of the names carried in the media. Goa Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which has extensively investigated the illegal mining trade in the state, has pegged the scam at Rs 4,000 crore.
Rane was intervening in a discussion during the Zero Hour, when Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, who heads the PAC, and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane entered into a verbal dual over illegal mining. The Health Minister maintained that he was being unnecessarily linked by the media to the scam. "I am being linked to the (illegal mining) trade without any reason."
Pointing out to the allegations made by Parrikar, the Minister claimed BJP leaders were themselves involved in the mining illegalities. The issue of illegal mining was raised in the Assembly by Parrikar, who alleged a particular firm has been moving mining dumps in violation of norms.
He demanded strict action against the mining firms not obeying Government orders. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, responding to the discussion, said the Government will come down heavily on those violating norms. "If required, we will suspend operation of the mining leases," he added.