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Mining ban: Goa government fears violence or suicides

Posted on Feb 27, 06:40PM | IBNS

by John Edwards, Panaji, Feb 27 : The tension arousing along the mining belt of Goa, which is stuck in recession due to closure of iron ore extraction activity, has disturbed the government. Briefing media persons after cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the situation might result in violence or suicides among the mining dependents. "Don't be surprised if you find violence or suicide incidents. Things are boiling up slowly in the mining area. I have received a police report about people being impatient," he said expressing worry. Mining, which was once the biggest revenue source for the State, was temporarily banned by the BJP-led government on September 10, 2012 for a period till October 2012. Green NGO Goa Foundation then moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the mining business after the Shah Commission pointed out massive illegalities to the tune of Rs 35,000 crores.

The Court subsequently banned all mining operations and announced a probe by central empowered committee.

In its recent affidavit, the government told the Court it was contemplating banning fresh evacuation of iron ore but would, instead prefer to allow evacuation of existing low grade iron ore dumps.

In the meanwhile, the state government has launched schemes to provide financial assistance to all the sufferers due to mining closure.