Pawar assures to take up Goa’s mining imbroglio with Centre
Stressing on the need for reaching an understanding between the development and environment of Goa, the Union Minister for Agriculture and national president of the Nationalist Congress Party,
Mr Sharad Pawar on Monday said that he will take the issue of the mining-dependent people from Goa at the highest level of the central government, and ensure that the Union ministries linked to the mining industry – including environment and forest, mining, law and labour – would present their case in an effective way before the Supreme Court.
Mr Pawar, who met the mining-dependent people on a chain protest under the banner of Goa Mining People’s Front at the Azad Maidan, said that he would lead a delegation to New Delhi, which would include 10 stakeholders supporting the demand of restarting legal mining in the state.
“This delegation will meet the decision makers in the respective central government ministries and impress upon them the need to convince the Supreme Court about restarting legal mining activities in Goa,” he added, pointing out that the delegation would leave for the national capital within next 10 days, and the date for the same would be announced soon.
The GMPF presented a memorandum to the Union Minister for Agriculture on the occasion, which requested him to take all necessary steps and measures for restarting legal mining operations in Goa in scientific and sustainable manner so as to enable the mining-dependent people to live their normal lives, meaningfully. The memorandum was signed by the GMPF convenor, Mr Suhaas Naik, the general secretary of All-India Trade Union Congress (Goa state), Mr Christopher Fonseca, and representatives of many other mining-related organisations such as North Goa Truck Owners Association, South Goa Private Truck Owners Association, Barge Owners Association, All Goa Machinery Owners Association, Sesa Goa Workers Union, Bicholim, and so on. [NT]