Miners threaten dharna at Sanguem bus stand, want mining back on track

Employees of three mines in Tolem-Sanguem have decided to stage a ‘dharna’ at Sanguem bus stand on October 3 to protest against the suspension of mining operations in the State.

The employees took this decision at an emergency meeting at the Tolem Mines to discuss their course of action, while also highlighting the difficulties and problems faced by them due to the sudden closure of the mines.

Speaking at the meeting, Sanjay Shirodkar, who has been working at the mines for last seven years, said most employees did not have any other source of income.

“Closure of mines will have severe consequences on the people living on mines operation,” claimed Shirodkar, and appealed to authorities to consider the problems of those people dependent on mining operations.

Another employee, Pradosh Gaonkar, criticised the government’s sudden decision to suspend mining operations without studying the effects it would have on the people.

Added Babu Bogale: “If the government insists on keeping the mines closed indefinitely, it should provide alternate employment to the mining-affected people.”

Later, the employees staged a rally at Sanguem bus stand to press for their demands for immediate resumption of mining operations. [H]