PM promised to resume mining, claims GMPF
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised that efforts would be made by his government for the early resumption of mining activities in Goa with proper regulations in place, leaders of the delegation that called on the prime minister said on Monday.
The assurance was made by the Prime Minister in the presence of Union minister for environment and forest Jayanthi Natarajan, when a delegation of the Goa mining people's front called on him in New Delhi, said Suhaas Naik, convenor of the GMPF .
The meeting was attended by union minister and national president of NCP, Sharad Pawar, who facilitated the meeting, Goa NCP chief Nilkant Halarnkar, former revenue minister Jose Philip D'Souza and former state president Surendra Sirsat.
Naik said that the Prime Minister sounded optimistic, and said that he was aware that mining has been the main stay of Goa's economy for long and that his government is seized of the matter.
Naik also said that the delegation told the Prime Minister that there should be joint political consensus between the state government and central government on the issue. [TOI]