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Shah assures early solution to Goa’s mining tangle

Panaji: National BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday assured a Goa delegation that the central government would soon come out with a solution to end the present mining impasse in the state.

The assurance came after the delegation called on Shah in the national capital to press for an early resumption of iron ore mining.

The delegation was consisted of North Goa MP and Union Ayush Minister Shripad Naik, South Goa Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar, Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Vinay Tendulkar, Goa Mining People’s Front president Puti Gaonkar, besides Vinayak Gauns and Chandrakant Gawas.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Gaonkar said that they had a fruitful meeting with Shah.

Gaonkar said that Shah spoke about the livelihood of lakhs of Goans that have been jeopardised after the mining closure, adding that Shah also said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and three MPs from Goa have been following it up with the central government for a solution.

Gaonkar said that Shah expressed concerns over the loss of jobs, idle trucks and barges, and NPAs of the banks.

The delegation also submitted a representation to Shah on the mining tangle.

The mining industry in Goa came to a grinding halt in March 2018 last year after the Supreme Court quashed 88 leases and banned extraction of iron ore.

The GMPF has been demanding that the Centre should amend the existing mining laws to provide a new lease of life to the industry, which employs over two lakh people. [NT]

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