Panaji, Sep 20 (GCCurrentAffairs) Union Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that Group of Minister (GoM) appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a solution to mining issue of Goa had made some progress and government was keen to give something to the coastal state.
Responding to a question during a press conference ahead of the 37th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting, Ms Sitharaman said,”On that I know there was a Group of Ministers who have met. In fact Chief Minister of Goa had come and participated in it. Group of Ministers has made some progress and discussing. We are keen to restore something for Goa.”
Mining operations in Goa has come to a standstill for over last one year. There have been assurances from the government over resumption of mining in the state on several occasions but the issue is still hanging in fire.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed a Group of Minister headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to examine the issue and find ways to restart mining in the state.