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Government for legislative cure of mining crisis: Parrikar

Porvorim: Goa government on Thursday told the House said that they have sought legislative cure being fastest and amicable remedy to solve the crisis faced by mining industry in the State.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar had tabled Calling Attention motion on the mining issue during ongoing Budget Session of the Assembly.

The members cutting across the party lines expressed their support for resumption of this industry which has been a source of livelihood for around two lakh people in the State.

The mining activities in Goa have come to a standstill since last year after Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who was present I the House during Calling Attention motion did not speak due to his health but tabled a written reply which has assured legislative cure being the fastest and amicable remedy on the issue.

“The State government consistently is making all efforts for early resumption of mining activities in the State of Goa and has sought Legislative cure being fastest and amicable remedy on the issue,” the CM has said in his reply.

“However in doing so, the State government does not wish to leave any stone unturned, so that the final outcome or solution should withstand the test of judicial review and at the same time, such solution shall safeguard interest of mining affected people and held in early resumption of mining activity in the State of Goa,” Parrikar added.

State government requests all the members of the House to stand with it in its endeavour for early resumption of mining activities in the State in the interest of people and economy, the chief minister said.

In his three-page-long reply, Parrikar has said that he co-shares the concern of all the Members of Goa Legislative Assembly, that mining should immediately resume in the State in the interest of the people directly or indirectly related with mining and allied activities in the State of Goa.

The people dependent on mining industry have been pressing with the Centre to amend existing mining laws so that iron ore leases get extension till the year 2037.

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