Ponda: Over 10,000 mining dependants are expected to participate in the morcha that has been called by the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF).
The GMPF has decided to take out a morcha to the Secretariat on March 14, to impress upon the state government to take up a legal battle to restart mining in the state, and also to protest against the government’s failure in resuming mining so far. The morcha would commence at Azad Maidan in Panaji, and proceed towards the Secretariat, Porvorim.
Meanwhile, North Goa mining truck owners, on Tuesday, urged all mining dependants to participate in the morcha in large numbers.
“The people and the state government should know the difficulties, the mining dependants are facing due to the closure of mining in the state,” said Mahesh Gauns, a truck owner.
Along with him his daughter Samriddhi Gauns, a student, ZP member Shubetchya Gauns and other truck owners were present for the press briefing in Ponda.
Gauns further said that the condition of mining dependants is so bad that some of them do not have money to pay their children’s school fees, and added that due to the non-payment of fees some children of mining dependants were not allowed to answer the examinations conducted recently.
The mining dependants should come out to protest against the government on March 14, he said.
Samriddhi Naik, who is studying at a Ponda-based school, expressed concern over the future of the mining dependants.
“Families of mining dependants are finding it difficult to manage education of their children as many of them are burdened with loans,” she said.
ZP Shubetchya Gauns said that many women in the mining areas have sold their jewellery or have taken a loan for the survival of their families. [NT]