Goa Assembly seeks financial package

Panaji, May 02 : The 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly voted in favour that Central government extend financial support to the people affected due to mining stoppage in Goa, to avert any untoward eventualities.

The resolution tabled by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seeking funds from the Centre, was unanimously passed Thursday with the ruling coalition main Opposition ‚Euro" Congress assuring all possible support.

Parrikar while tabling the resolution for voting said the state is doing its best to reduce financial burden of the people who are affected by the closure of mining activity through a recently launched scheme and other alternatives. ‚EuroúThe Centre should also allocate funds,‚EuroĚ he said.

Congress legislator Mauvin Godinho participating in the discussion assured that the party is ready to fight with the Centre over funds allocation.

‚EuroúIrrespective of which party we belong, we support the resolution. All party delegation should fight in Delhi for funds,‚EuroĚ he told the House.

‚EuroúAll 40 MLAs can go to Delhi demanding financial package,‚EuroĚ Parrikar promptly replied.

Some of the members said they fear that delay in resumption of mining activities might have serious impact on the livelihood of the people dependent on this activity and result in suicides.

Suggestions like settling differences between the State and the Centre for presenting a strong case before the Supreme Court to resolve the mining crisis was also made. Nearly two lakh people are directly and indirectly affected due to mining ban while this has also hit the revenue to the state as loss of around Rs 800 crores has been recorded so far.

Supreme Court has imposed temporary ban on the mining in Goa awaiting report from Centrally Empowered Committee (CEC), taking cognizance of a complaint filed by green NGO Goa Foundation on the rampant illegal mining in the state. Mining operations in Goa has been on hold since last September.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-05-2013)

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