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State and Central Govts must plead SC to allow operations

Posted on Nov 13, 03:40PM | UNI

Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) is of the firm view that the state and Central Governments must take effective measures to ensure that the livelihood of lakhs of mining dependent people are protected and safeguarded over the inordinate delay caused in restarting the mining operations.

They have jointly pleaded with the Ministry of External affairs before the Supreme Court to allow all mining operations to start forthwith. The GMPF Convenor Suhas Naik and the General Secretary (AITUC) Christopher Fonseca, jointly speaking to media persons last evening, said that GMPF has expressed its concern and Anguish over the delay in restarting mining operations, The condition of the people dependent on mining is becoming more and more precarious. Few Mine owners have already informed the mine workers that their wages will be reduced. Some temporary mine workers have already been retrenched. The condition of the barge workers are not different. Banks and other financial institutions have already served notices on the truck owners for payment of their defaulted loan instalments, they said.

Shops. Garages, workshops, hotels and even the markets have been affected and if this situation continued people would be constrained to take drastic steps in frustration, Mr Fonseca said.

He further said the GMPF has come togather with seven common minimum demands to secure and protect the livelihood of people dependent on mining, Government must set up 'Mining Affected people Relief Fund' by creating a special Corpus Fund of Rs 5000 crore to suitably compensate the affected People. 30pc profit earned by mining lease holders and the revenue generated by government must be utilized in mining areas/Villages/talukas for their development.

He said Government must take follow-up action on Justice Shah Commission report to recover the losses, if any, caused to the state exchequer through legal recourse. The GMPF also decided to launch a sustained struggle and organize public meetings on November 17 and 24 and Mass campaign meetings from November 30 to December 17 all over Goa. Mass Chain Hunger strike from December 5 till December 17 and Massive Maha Morcha in the Capital City on December 18, Mr Fonseca added.