Panaji, Feb 9 (IECurrentAffairs) Around 500 people under the banner of Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) took out a candle light march in the city on Friday urging the government to take steps for early resumption of mining activities in the state.
The candle march, participated by people mostly from mining areas across the state, was organised to observe completion of one year of closure of mining activities in the state.
The people gathered at Azad Maidan in the city, took out the march till Kala Academy at Campal and culminated it at Azad Maidan.
Speaking to reporters, GMPF Puti Gaonkar alleged that there was no concrete decision taken by the state as well as central government to resume mining activities in the state.
He claimed that during the recent meeting in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had only assured that he would look into the matter.
Alleging that both the central as well as state governments were not serious about resumption of mining activities in the state in spite of the fact that there was BJP government at both the places, Mr Gaonkar said he would wait till end of the ongoing session of the parliament for the union government to find a solution to the issue.
He said MLAs from mining areas in the state should put pressure on their party leadership to take steps for resumption of mining else should quit the party.
Meanwhile, responding to a question during a press conference Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Goa unit President Vinay Tendulkar said a solution to the mining impasse might come after February 13.
The GMPF had threatened to work against BJP candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
For almost 11 months, the mining issue has been hanging in fire in the state after Supreme Court imposed a ban on extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases last year in February. From March 2018, the mining operations in the state have come to standstill. There have been assurances from leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but nothing concrete has happened yet.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met a delegation of MPs, MLAs from mining belt and members of Goa Mining People’s Front in New Delhi and had assured to look into the issue.