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Posted on Dec 06, 01:33PM | IBNS
The ownership of nearly 15,000 mining trucks remains shrouded in secrecy even as the Goa government, for the third time, has extended deadline for its registration with the state Mines and Geology department to avail the compensation package. The extended deadline is now December 15, which earlier was November 1 and eventually November 10 after truck owners complained they were belatedly informed about the registration. Until last month, only about 7,500 trucks were registered for the financial package contrary to tall claims that between 20,000 to 25,000 truckers will be affected due to closure of mining activities in the state. The truck owners association had quoted these figures forecasting a grim future which could force the truckers to take extreme steps like suicide if the matter was not resolved. The current figures, though has raised a strong doubt that majority of the trucks are illegally operated. A couple of association members claim that majority officers, who invest in the trucks and barges, are holding higher posts in the police and transport departments. "Politicians are also among them, which is why they are shying away from registering their trucks with the department. But these are brought in the name of the family members or relatives to evade government action," a member on condition of anonymity said. A committee formed under state Industries Minister Mahadev Naik to look into the problems of the truckers and decide about the compensation package, is most likely to hold its first meeting on December 10.