PANAJI: The Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) stated that the Union government isn’t giving good attention to solve Goa’s mining dilemma. GMPF additionally voiced concern over non-inclusion of this Goa legislative remedy for mining resumption from the schedule for mineral reforms that is being contemplated from the Union cabinet.
Mining in Goa came to a stop in March 2018 following the Supreme Court quashed the next renewal of 88 mining rentals. Last week, chief minister Pramod Sawant urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again to resume mining activities in Goa — considerably needed to increase Goa’s market, that has taken a hit because of this Covid pandemic
The state government has advocated that the Union mines ministry to overthrow the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987, to resume mining actions.
GMPF which signifies people determined by the mining sector for livelihoods in the country appealed to the Prime Minister along with also the central authorities to restart mining in Goa.
Puti Gaonkar, president, GMPF stated on Sunday that in the aftermath of the unparalleled emergency impacting individuals, GMPF recommends for legislative change in the country to recommence mining together with immediate impact. “We were amazed to see that the Centre is contemplating earning legislative reforms in Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act (MMDR) while there was no reference of reforms to get Goa. We’ve been asking the Central, the state authorities and all government concerned for instant legislative change since the previous couple of years through numerous routes,” Gaonkar stated
“The petition for amendment in law enforcement can also be made in the nation by several stakeholders viz governor of Goa, chief Union – Pramod Sawant, village sarpanchas and all mining dependants, however by the current event it’s obvious that resumption of mining in Goa isn’t getting due attention in the Centre. The situation is quite severe, and it’s worsened with the outbreak of Covid-19,” Gaonkar stated
GMPF stated there is an urgent need to resume mining activities from Goa to assist the economy of the nation and finally of the nation.