Over 5000 mining-dependent people to march in Panjim today
Over 5000 mining-dependent people under the banner Goa Mining Peoples’ Front (GMPF) are expected to lay siege on the Capital City on Tuesday and march from Kadamba Bus Terminus, protesting against suspension of mining operations and demanding immediate resumption of legal mining in Goa.
GMPF claims that the rally would be historic one with more than thousands participating in the rally that will culminate in a public meeting at Azad Maidan. MLAs from the mining belt along with other political leaders are likely to be present, Christopher Fonseca of GMPF informed.
GMPF has demanded the immediate start of legal mining operations in the State by maintaining a fine balance between the maintenance of livelihood of the people, the socio-economic development of the State and protection of environment.
Fonseca said that the rally would be peaceful and people would be highlighting hardships faced due to mining ban. He said that the markets along the mining belt would see a shut down as a mark of protest on Tuesday.
GMPF pointed out that nearly 20 constituencies in Goa have been adversely affected by the current mining ban.
They also said that more than 60,000 mine workers and others dependents are on the verge of being dispossessed of their jobs.
“These workers are forced to come out on the streets demanding job security and assurance. Our only demand is to start operations of legal mining immediately,” Fonseca said. [H]