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Protests will not solve mining issue in Goa - Minister Mr Rane

Mining News - Published on Tue, 11 Dec 2018

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Herald Goa reported that at a time when nearly one thousand mining dependents have reached Delhi for a three-day long sit-in protest from December 11 to press for resumption of the iron ore extraction, a Senior BJP minister said “protests will not provide any solution to this contentious issue”. BJP Valpoi MLA and Health Minister Mr Vishwajit Rane claimed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is in touch with “certain people” in Delhi to ensure that the mining resumes. He even claimed that the discussions on resumption of mining in Goa would not be taken up till December 11, when results of polls held for five State Assemblies are scheduled. “The solution for the issue will not come by holding protests in Delhi. It has to come by discussing at government to government level,” Rane commented adding “the State and Central governments would find some or other solution for this problem.”

He said that “Being an MLA from the mining belt, I have full sympathy and support to the mining dependents. I have said that CM Manohar Parrikar and the BJP led government will have to work out some or other solution for the problem.”

The BJP minister suggested that the interests of truck owners and people dependent on this industry should be protected.

He added that “If we are not able to go on path ‘A’, then go on path ‘B’. I am confident, there is some thinking going on; so, let us see it goes on,” he said referring to the options of either moving an amendment in the Parliament or any other possibility, which would lead this industry to resume in Goa. There are two-three options. I am sure the government will do it. I am sure the government knows the seriousness of mining. The revenue from mining is very important and mining resumption is on the top agenda of the government.”

He further added that “I am sure everybody will understand that till December 11 when results come, I don’t see any movement happening because everybody is preoccupied (with election results). Once that is over (election results are declared), things will automatically start moving. Everybody (BJP leadership) is busy campaigning.”

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Tue, 11 Dec 2018
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