Panaji: The Goa State Committee of AITUC has welcomes the announcement made by Chief Minister that iron ore mining activities would recommence through the state owned Goa Minerals Development Corporation (GMDC).
In a statement, AITUC Goa State General Secretary Christopher Fonseca said,”It is our considered view that the government owned mining corporation should carry out all mining operations, including its exports with existing pool of skilled and experienced manpower, workers and available infrastructure. This move of government will ensure that mining operations resume in Goa providing much needed relief to the mining dependents, workers and other stake holders as well as enrich and augment the government exchequer and shore-up its dwindling resources.’’
He said the continued closure of the mining operations in the Goa had debilitated and destroyed the livelihoods of the mining dependent people.
Thousands of people in Goa, besides the workers – were directly dependent on mining for their livelihood, he said, adding the sudden stoppage of mining operations had pushed these mining dependents to extreme financial hardships.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the state government would auction mining leases at the earliest and also float a mining corporation soon.
Mining operations in the coastal state had been stopped since March, 2018, after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases and banned the exploration of ore.