Mining-dependent people to stage indefinite dharna
With their backs to the wall and agitated over State Government’s delay in resolving the mining crisis, mining dependent people in Goa has now decided to go on an indefinite chain dharna from January 15 onwards, at Azad Maidan, to press for their demand to commence legal mining immediately.
The Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), an umbrella organization of mining dependent people, have alleged that government has failed to make a strong representation to Supreme Court till date, putting across the plea of the affected persons, whose livelihood is in dire straits due to mining ban.
Addressing a press conference, GMPF convener Christopher Fonseca said “government does not seem to be serious about resolving the issue immediately. Government is moving very slowly on the issue.”
Fonseca recalled that during the December 18 protest rally, in Panjim, they had set January 7 deadline for the State government to file its affidavit in the Supreme Court and had demanded that a strong representation should be made requesting to start legal mining immediately.
At the same time, they had demanded that financial support to the affected people be provided, he added.
“However, till date nothing has happened. There is restlessness amongst the people now,” Fonseca said.
“If government fails to take cognizance, then the peaceful dharna might show its different colour,’ Fonseca warned. The State government is likely to file it’s affidavit in the Apex Court before January 17, when the matter would be heard next. [H]