Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said that he was confident that Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with state government will find a solution to the mining issue.
Speaking to reporters in the city, he said, “I am confident that that the BJP will find a way forward. Either way, for me mining continuing was a very important issue but that was shut down yesterday. But I am confident that the government will find some way to restart mining in the state of Goa.”
He said everybody, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), was aware about the impact of mining in Goa.
“Now the issue is how do you take this forward to address the problem of the mining dependents. I come from a mining belt. I am concerned. I am having a meeting of the mining dependents in my constituency in every ward.I am confident that BJP will find a way out along with our allies,” he said.
When asked about immediate solution to the issue, he said the issue was being discussed by Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardessai, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar.
“I am told that Gadkari (Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari) is also coming on March 20. So all them sit together. One is represnetative of BJP, one is of Goa Forward and one from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. I belong to the BJP. I am confident that they will find some way to restart mining in the state of Goa. This cannot be done just by us here. It has to be an integrated effort of the central government and the state government and I am confident that the Prime Minister knowing all these issues will help our people of Goa,” he said.
Iron ore extraction in the state was stopped on Thursday. It was done in pursuant to a Supreme Court order in February which had revoked 88 mining leases and asked to go for fresh auctioning of the leases.