‘State-Centre must unite, resume mining’
PANAJI: Even though political parties in the state restrained from finding fault with the Supreme Court (SC)'s Central Empowered Committee's (CEC) interim report on illegal mining in Goa, they reiterated their demand for the resumption of mining at the earliest.
In its interim report on illegal mining in Goa filed in the SC on Friday, the CEC made several recommendations, including a macro-level environment impact assessment (EIA) before mining is resumed.
South Goa Congress MP Francisco Sardinha, while refraining from commenting on the CEC report, said the state and central governments should intervene to stop the economy from falling apart. "Legal mining should be allowed to resume," said Sardinha, even as he blamed the state government for pushing Goa into the present situation.
He also opined that the state and central governments should coordinate and make sure legal mining is resumed.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president and spokesperson, Wilfred Mesquita, without commenting on the CEC report, said, "The best course of action for the government to adopt is to put its best foot forward in the next hearing in the SC."
He added, "It's not a question of being happy or unhappy about the CEC report. The CEC must have given its report after inspecting various aspects. It is up to the SC to decide whether it can be accepted or not when the matter comes up for hearing next."
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which has also been demanding that legal mining should be allowed to resume, said that the state government should coordinate with the Centre . "They should immediately take steps and plead before the SC for the resumption of mining," said NCP state president Surendra Sirsat.
While he admitted that the CEC is not totally wrong in its findings , he said resumption of mining should also be given priority along with protecting the environment.Pointing fingers at the the state government over the present situation, he said the government should stop fooling people and properly plead its case before the SC.
The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) president, Pandurang Dhavalikar, who also decided to keep mum on the CEC report, said, " Let the court decide on the CEC findings. We want resumption of mining at the earliest." [TOI]