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Stray statements over mining issue, no action: Cong

Panaji: Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral’s claim that the government would file an intervention petition before the Supreme Court seeking resumption of mining was only a “stray statement” and another indication that the administration had collapsed, the Congress said here on Wednesday.

Party spokesperson Yatish Naik said Cabral’s statement was yet another contradictory idea from the BJP-led coalition government.“Four months have passed, but the government has not proposed any action or solution to restart sustainable mining,” Naik said.

“It is making stray statements but has yet to find a solution to help restart mining.”After the Supreme Court ordered the closure of all mining operations in the state, MGP leader and PWD minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar had said the state would file a review petition in the Supreme Court.

Goa Forward Party president and Dhavalikar’s cabinet advisory committee colleague, Vijai Sardesai, had said the government would take the ordinance route to restart mining operations. Cabral’s statement indicating the government would file an intervention petition before the Supreme Court was a new line of action suggested by the government.

Insisting that the Manohar Parrikar-government lacked the ability to identify a concrete solution to resolve the mining issue, the Congress said it must step aside.

“Also, the failure of the Centre to solve the mining issue reflects its non-serious approach,” Naik said.

Speaking earlier, Congress spokesperson Sidhanath Buyao had also demanded a transparent investigation into the death of a security officer employed by an offshore casino. The employee, identified by the Congress as Mukhesh Sharma, fell into the river while waiting at the jetty for a feeder boat. [TOI]

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