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Mining dependents to march to houses of MLAs

Panjim: Intensifying their silent protest for resumption of iron ore mining activities in the State, people dependent on the mining industry have decided to march to the residences of all the MLAs from July 3 onwards seeking their intervention in solving the current crisis. Goa Mining People’s Front, an umbrella organisation of the people dependent on this industry, also decided to hold a mega protest march on the Assembly complex on July 19, the first day of the monsoon session.

“Even after the return of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from the USA, there seems to be no clarity on what is the way to resume mining. The people are on the streets protesting every day, and government cannot be silent on such an issue,” GMPF President Puti Gaonkar said. The dependents are on a sit-in protest since June 11 at four places – Azad Maidan, Bicholim, Dharbandora and Sanquelim.

Speaking on the marches, Gaonkar said, “The marches will be held in a phased manner. We will be peacefully walking to the MLAs’ houses,” Gaonkar said. Gaonkar said the mega protest march on July 19 would be held at the Assembly complex. He said that GMPF had sought an appointment with the chief minister to discuss the issue.

“We are yet to get any response for our letter seeking an appointment,” the leader added. Parrikar, after his return from the USA, held meetings with the MLAs during which various options to resume the mining industry were discussed. It was also announced that Parrikar would be visiting New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister to brief him about the current crisis in the mining sector. [H]

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