In a major departure from convention, Goa cabinet on Thursday decided to auction the mining sites in the coastal state in future instead of leasing them out.

“The Cabinet has resolved to withdraw the Goa Grant of Mining Lease Policy, 2014, which means the iron ore mining leases in the state would be auctioned in future and no more renewals of existing leases,” Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters after a cabinet meeting. Read more