Panjim: With Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar back in Goa, protesting mining dependents are confident that the mining issue would be resolved at the earliest. Parrikar, returned from the US on Thursday evening after receiving treatment for three months.
“Now with the return of the Chief Minister, at least, people feel that the solution for the mining crisis would be worked out,” Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) president Puti Gaonkar said.
GMPF is on a chain sit-in protest in Panjim (Azad Maidan), Bicholim, Sankhalim, Dharbandora and Sanvordem since June 11.
“All these months, the government was without its head and the three-member Cabinet Advisory Committee could not provide a solution to the mining crisis,” Gaonkar said.
He added, “In the absence of any decision maker in the State government, the issue could not be solved and it was kept pending. Now the decision maker has returned and he should solve the issue as soon as possible as people are suffering.”
Gaonkar said that aggrieved mining dependents have also decided to try to meet Parrikar and brief him about the ground realities in the mining belt. “Those who are affected by the closure of mining will certainly try to meet the CM as soon as possible. We are trying to get an appointment. He was away from India and might not know how people are suffering since the closure of mining,” he said.
Irrespective of the chief minister’s return, Gaonkar said that the mining dependents would continue their protests in the State. “The protests will continue till we get the solution for the crisis,” he said. [H]