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Mining dependents wind up sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar

Panjim: The mining dependents on Thursday ended their three-day long sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, by resolving to continue their fight for justice and protection of their livelihood.

The dependents under the banner Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) were on dharna at Jantar Mantar since Tuesday, demanding immediate resumption of mining activities, which had been the sole source of income for nearly three lakh dependents.

GMPF President Puti Gaonkar told Herald from New Delhi that their agitation would continue back in Goa till justice is delivered to them. “We will continue to fight till protection is given to our livelihood by way of resuming mining activities,” he said.

He said that Supreme Court order dated February 2018, banning mining activities was without considering the impact on the livelihood of the residents of more than 50 percent area of the State.

Gaonkar reiterated that Goa government’s stand on the mining issue would be clear next week when Supreme Court is likely to hear the appeal filed by mining companies challenging Abolition Act, 1987.

“We have already told the government to file an affidavit before Apex court seeking directions that the 50-year lease period commence from the date of coming into force of the said Act i.e. 23.05.1987 and consequently mining operations can be permitted to be resumed on this basis,” he said. [H]

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