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Mining dependants call on Francis demand continuation of mining

Mining dependants call on Francis demand continuation of mining

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12 Mar 2018 No comment 12 hits

MAPUSA: With a demand to continue with mining in the state, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral along with the members of various associations involving mining dependants called on the Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza at his residence on Monday.

The delegation led by Curchorem MLA included representatives of Goa Customs Brokers Association, shipping agents, Goa Barge Owners Association, shipyards, mining employees, machinery providers, All Goa Truck Owners Association, South Goa Truck Owners Association and Rivona Truck Owners Association. The delegation handed over a memorandum to D’Souza requesting him to take up measures to ensure that mining dependants do not lose their daily bread and butter.

The delegation opined that the state leadership should apprise the Centre about the mining problem immediately so that an ordinance is promulgated to continue with mining in the state.

The dependants also requested D’ Souza to invite the central leaders to Goa for them to know the  situation that would ensue after mining activity stops  in the state.

While interacting with media persons Curchorem MLA said that “in the absences of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, three-member committee has been appointed, and hence we are meeting the committee members to persuade them to take up measures to continue with the mining in Goa. Goa wants to auction mines, we have no issue but mining should not be stopped.”

Cabral said that somewhere the government has failed to create enough jobs, and the mining dependants have created self-employment in activities related to the mining and also created employment for others. “After March 16 who will be responsible if there is any law and order situation.” he asked.

Goa Barge Owners Association Atul Jadhav said that the barge owners have taken loans to repair the vessels and added that half of the mining season is still left. “The delegation has requested Francis D’Souza to email or phone Chief Minister and give them (three-member panel) the authority to take steps or take them to Modi or Gadkari or call them and make them aware about the ground reality of the mining dependants in Goa” said Jadhav.

Sandip Parab said that “we don’t want any illegal mining in the state nor we want any adverse effect on environment. Our only concern is that mining should continue in the state and for that we are also planning to approach the Supreme Court.”

When contacted over the delegation’s visit, the Urban Development Minister, who is one of the members of advisory committee, informed that “they have given a representation to continue with mining operations in Goa. I cannot assure them anything because mining is the central subject and Chief Minister is also not here. It is not that easy to continue mining operations as the Supreme Court has stopped it. I will move their representation to the Chief Secretary who will in turn consult Chief Minister on the matter.”

D’Souza said that stopping of mining operations will create a lot of complications as many people are involved in it and there is a question of their livelihood.

Source: Mining dependants call on Francis demand continuation of mining

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