Residents of Caurem village who travelled all the way to Porvorim for the Public Accounts Committee meeting were disappointed with the outcome as the PAC Chairman, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar could not give them any assurance over action to be taken with regards to the atrocities committed by the police.
Nilesh Gaonkar lamented that Parrikar could only promise them that he would speak to the concerned department officials to implement the relevant laws to protect their land.
Pointing out that 99 per cent of the villagers are tribals, Nilesh said they should be protected under Tribal Forest Protection Act and added that they cannot afford to remain silent when their natural resources are being destroyed by mining companies right before their eyes.
However, Parrikar reportedly told the villagers that his committee does not have the powers to shut down mines and further explained to them that the PAC had taken up the issue of illegal mining and illegal transportation.
The issue of police atrocities could also not be addressed by the PAC as it was convened only to discuss illegal mining and transportation of the ore.