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Pawar meets mining agitators in Goa

Posted on Feb 04, 03:08PM | UNI

Panaji, Feb 4 : Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said he will lead a ten-member senior Goa NCP leaders' delegation to Delhi to resolve the mining ban in the state.

He will meet officials of ministries of Forest and Environment, Labour and Law and take all of them into confidence and find out a solution to resolve the mining ban in the state following the Supreme Court directives.

Mr Pawar, who was in Goa on a private visit today, met the mining dependent people, who have been on an indefinite chain dharna for past 21 days under the banner of Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF)to press for immediate resumption of legal mining industry in Goa.

Addressing the agitators in the scorching sun at Azad maidan here, Mr Pawar said the delegation will take up the case with the Central leaders and influence them that there was a need for legal mining.

He said, "We support legal mining and it should start without damaging the environment and those who violate the law should be punished."

Twentyfive per cent of the population of the state is dependent on mining for their livelihood, he added.

Asked whether he met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Mr Pawar said the latter was positive and wanted the mining issue to be resolved.

Earlier, GMPF submitted a memorandum to Mr Pawar, requesting for his urgent intervention to resolve the issue of the mining ban and operation of legal mining in Goa.