Reacting to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement on the state’s mining crisis, Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), an umbrella organisation of the mining dependants, said Monday that the talk by the government of finding a solution at the state level is nothing but another tactic to fool the people and the mining dependants.
Speaking to this daily, president of GMPF Puti Gaonkar questioned that if the state government has to find a solution to the mining imbroglio, they why were no efforts made for the last one year?
“Now, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is saying that the state government has to find out a solution for resumption of mining operations in Goa. Time and again we have been saying that if it
wants the state government can find a solution to give relief to 60,000 mining-dependent families. But there was no move in this regard at the state government level for the last one year,” he pointed out.
He termed the Chief Minister’s statement during the cabinet meeting as nothing but another attempt to fool the mining dependants and the people of the state in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
“I am on record that if Digambar Kamat was the chief minister, we would have found out solution long back without the help of the central government,” he said.
Gaonkar said that it appears that BJP does not want to resume mining operations in the state, as they do not want the poor families from the mining belt areas to live comfortable lives with income from mining activities.