Halt to mining has brought people on the roads, says Fonseca


The socio-economic fabric of the state is being threatened due to the blanket ban on mining in the state and as such, the Goa youth are frustrated which results into an upsurge of the crime graph, stated the convenor of Goa Mining People’s Front, Mr Suhaas Naik and general secretary of AITUC, Mr Christopher Fonseca.
Addressing the media, Mr Fonseca stated that legal mining should be started to save Goa and Goans from imminent economic disaster and ruin and to safeguard the livelihoods of thousands of mining dependent people. He called upon the people of Goa and all organisations to march in large numbers to Panaji on December 18, at 9.30 a.m. demanding the immediate commencement of legal mining.
Elaborating further, he stated that it is the question of the workers’ lives, contract labourers’ livelihoods, women’s kitchen and children’s education, who are exclusively dependent on mining activity and due to the inadvertent ban on the same, have brought them on the roads.
He said Tuesday’s morcha is going to be the historical one and is backed by all the mining stakeholders, barge owners, truck owners, kiosk owners and others. He said GMPF appeals to the Supreme Court to issue suitable orders/directions to start legal mining operations in the state.
He said that if mining stops for a year, then the government would require Rs 30,000 to 40,000 crore to just rehabilitate mining dependent affected people.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, traffic, Mr A B Virnodkar has requested the members of the public to cooperate with the police authorities and take alternative route from Bambolim-NIO circle-Miramar circle while entering/exiting Panaji city to avoid inconvenience in view of the morcha planned by the mining affected people from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The morcha is expected to start from KTC circle and proceed to the city areas like the Church Square, A B Road and 18th June Road. [NT]