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Goa MPs get a hearing but not a complete assurance

Panjim: With just two days left before iron ore mining operations come to a halt, there is no real assurance about continuing the activity even as BJP Goa, backed by its Central leadership is making desperate attempts to protect the livelihood of the two lakh dependents.At a meeting with MPs Shripad Naik, Narendra Sawaikar and Vinay Tendulkar in New Delhi on Tuesday, BJP National President Amit Shah has assured to work out a solution. The Centre is likely to send Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to Goa next week, to analyse the ground reality and hold talks with the coalition partners.The MPs, along with Speaker Pramod Sawant and PWD Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar also met Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Narendra Singh Tomar.The MPs’ delegation put forth the grievances of the mining dependents who would lose their source of income once the activity is stalled. This, the delegation stated, will also impact the economy of the State.“He (Shah) has assured to come out with a solution. We have submitted to him the Supreme Court order of 2014 that had allowed the State to decide on granting leases. It had given partial relief to the mining industry. We have thus urged to immediately intervene and ensure relief to the State again,” Tendulkar told Herald following the 25-minute meeting with Shah.The MPs have been asked to also submit a copy of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court that quashed second renewal of the mining leases given to 88 companies in Goa and directed the Sate to initiate fresh process to grant leases.
“He will examine the order. He has assured to do something in favour of Goa,” Tendulkar reiterated hinting at a possible move to file a review petition in the SC. The delegation also urged Shah to ensure that mining activities are operational at least till 2020 after which the State will decide its future step. After the relief in 2014, several mining operators had taken loans from banks and societies to resume mining activities. However, Tendulkar said, the present order will again put them under debt. “We understand that the solution might not be possible by March 15 but we are hopeful that our leaders in Delhi will resolve the matter at the earliest. Our worry is for the mining dependents as well as those who had taken loans from private banks and societies to get back into the business three years ago,” he stated.Sawaikar took to Twitter informing about the meeting stating, “Met @BJP4India President @AmitShah in delegation led by #Vinay Tendulkar @shripadynaik. Discussed & apprised about effects & likely consequences arising out of #Miningbanorder. He expressed concern & assured to discuss issue with concerned.” [H]

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