Mining ban: Truckers to march in city during Iffi

 Truck owners' associations from Bicholim taluka are up in arms against the organizing of Iffi in Goa as truck owners in the state are in distress due to a ban on mining and they have decided to stage a massive morcha to the Iffi venue in Panaji.

This was informed by a truck owner and Navelim Congress block chief Digambar Naik, while speaking to mediapersons. The decision to stage a morcha was taken at a special meeting of truck owners' associations from Bicholim taluka which was held at the office of former Sanquelim MLA and Congress leader Pratap Gawas at Navelim on Monday evening. The meeting was presided over by president of Goa state truck owners association Nilkanth Gawas, and truck owners which included Bharat Gawas, Shivaji Naik, Pandhari Gawas and over 100 truck owners from Navelim, Amona and surrounding areas.

In this meeting, the truck owners condemned the act of the state government to organize an international film festival of India in Goa at the very moment when the truck owners in Goa are facing acute hardships and miseries due to the imposing of a mining ban.

Speaking to the local correspondents, Digambar Naik stated that they have no faith in the government as it has made no efforts so far to solve the problems of truck owners and large number of components related to mining in the state. [TOI]