Goa Mining People’s Front asks Centre to restart mining in Goa

New Delhi: Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) on Thursday appealed to the Centre to recommence mining activities in Goa by the end of this year. GMPF has also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene the meeting of group of ministers at the earliest so that the mining can resume at the earliest.

GMPF also thanked Goa State Government for filing review petition on November 19, 2019 in Supreme Court of India seeking resumption of mining activities in the state, an official statement said.

Delay of almost 20 months has resulted in massive adverse impacts on the lives of all mining dependents in the State, an official statement said. GMPF also urged Goa government that in addition to the review petition they should continue pushing the centre and ensure that a legislative amendment which will be a long term solution for sustainable mining in the state is brought about during the ongoing winter session of the Parliament.

In July this year home minister Amit Shah had directed the union mines ministry to review the mining stoppage issue in Goa and come up and suggest with a positive recommendations for solving the impasse.

“However, more than 100 days passed since the said meeting however there has been no movement positive movement from the union mines ministry in the matter,” the statement said.

Mining is one of the two major sources of livelihood in Goa and the complete shutdown of mining industry has adverse effect on the livelihoods of more than 3,00,000 people in the state. The shutdown has caused an estimated loss of more than Rs. 5,000 crore per year to Goa.

“We welcome the step by Goa government of filing the review petition in the Goa mining matter, but it came after 20 months which is a significant delay. We also request the State Government and central government to work towards the required amendment to MMDR Act or Goa Daman & Diu Mining Concession Abolition Act, 1987 which would enable early resumption of mining in the State. We seek attention of the state and central Government for resolving the mining issue of Goa in the Winter Session of the parliament. We look forward for a positive and immediate decision and if no action is taken during the Winter session for mining resumption than there will be no survival of the mining dependents in the State of Goa,” GMPF president Puti Gaonkar said.

The abolition act matter pending since 2002 is yet to be heard, despite the early hearing application being filed by the Union Mines Ministry. The appeal seeks to prompt necessary action and bring the resolution of the issue to top priority through the topmost level intervention, it said.

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