PM to meet delegation from Goa on mining issue

PM to meet delegation from Goa on mining issue

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Panaji, Feb 6 : Almost a year after mining operations were closed in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting a delegation of MPs, MLAs from mining belt and members of Goa Mining People's Front in New Delhi today.

According to sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here, party Goa unit President and Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar, Union Minister for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik, mining belt MLAs, including Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, State Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) Chairman Deepak Pauskar, Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar and two members of Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF), an organisation fighting for resumption of mining in the state, will be part of the delegation.

The Prime Minister has agreed to meet the delegation after Mr Naik sought an appointment to meet him.
During an interaction with the booth level workers of South Goa on January 20, the Prime Minister had said that the government was making efforts for early resumption of mining operations in the state to save livelihood of people dependent on the industry.

Recently, mining dependents had threatened to work against BJP candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections if the party led government at the Centre failed to resolved the impasse by February 13.

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar termed the assurances given by BJP leadership 'just a jumla'.

“I can sum up what will happen at the meeting with one word. It will be another jumla,” Mr Chodankar said.

For almost 11 months, the mining issue has been hanging in fire in the state after Supreme Court imposed a ban on extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases last year in February. From March 2018, the mining operations in the state have come to standstill. There have been assurances from leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but nothing concrete has happened yet.(UNI)