Around 100 truckers to get sanction letters under mining package


The State government on Thursday began to process the applications for giving monthly financial package to truck/tipper owners, who are left without business due to suspension of mining operations in Goa by Supreme Court. 
Around 100 sanction letters are proposed to be handed over to affected persons on March 30, at an official function, scheduled at Curchorem. 
Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that around 4000-5000 applicants would be covered under the scheme, by end of April. 
Goa Electronic Limited, the government appointed agency to process the applications and create a data base, Thursday cleared a list of 100 applicants which was handed over to Chief Minister and Director of Mines and Geology Prasanna Acharya.  Parrikar disclosed that till date, GEL has received around 2700 applications from truck owners and another 18 from those who are rendered jobless. 
Chief Minister said that around 6,000-7,000 truck owners would be eligible under this scheme which provides finance up to Rs 12,000 per month. The schemes for the truck owners would be implemented with retrospective effect (from October 1, 2012 to September 1, 2013). 
Under the scheme, only those truck owners, who have registered with Directorate of Mines and Geology, would be considered for the benefit.
A maximum of only two trucks are eligible for benefits under the scheme ~Rs 8000 per month for the first truck and Rs 4000 for the second truck. However, the scheme does not cover trucks owned by private limited companies or ltd companies.
A financial provision of Rs 6 crore has been made by government for the scheme. 
The scheme to provide financial assistance to people, who have been rendered jobless due to suspension of mining activities, has also been drafted and Government has so far received 18 applications under the scheme. [H]