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Wait for two-three days, says government on mining issue

Goa Ministers have said that the way ahead to provide solution for mining issue would be spelt in next two-three days. (Pic Sameer Narvekar)

Dona Paula, December 21 (GCCurrentAffairs): Goa Cabinet which met on Thursday has decided to step up their efforts to resume the Iron Ore mining industry in the State.

Few of the members of Parrikar cabinet are also expected to visit Delhi in next two-three days to push for the solution for this vexed issue with the centre.

The mining industry has come to standstill since March this year owing to Supreme Court judgment which has quashed 88 Iron ore leases.

Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar chaired the State Cabinet on Thursday at his private residence near here.

“CM has assured that all the possible positive things would be done to ensure that the Iron Ore mining resumes,” State Power Minister and BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral told reporters emerging from the meeting this evening.

“Next two three days we might have to go again to Delhi and see. We have adopted positive approach towards resuming the mining industry,” said Cabral refusing to elaborate further on the discussion about the issue in the cabinet.

The minister ruled out the need to have all party delegation to be led to Delhi to solve the issue.

“ We are positive of restarting the mining, whether it amendment or anything, that we will come to you after two-three days,” he said.

State Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward party President Vijai Sardesai said that the State government is serious about the issue of resuming mining industry.

“The issue has to be handled properly. The government is serious about the issue and it would be handled properly,’ he said.

When asked about the solutions that government is envisaging to resume mining industry, Sardesai said “If you spell out the solution now, then it sometimes does not reach the destination.”

“A legislative solution by amendment of different acts is being contemplated,” he added.

Goa Mining People’s Front, an umbrella organization of the mining dependents, recently held three day long protest at Delhi demanding resumption of the industry.

GMPF has threatened to have all Goa bandh if the industry is not resumed within next fortnight.

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