The Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida on Saturday said that the central government is in favour with the state government’s decision for early resumption of mining which he was hopeful to start by October, giving relief to thousands of people dependent on the mining business in the state.
Almeida was addressing the pressmen in Vasco under the banner of Mormugao Mining Dependents Forum (MMDF), wherein several mining dependents like Mormugao Launch Owners Association (MLOA), Barge Owners Association, Shipyard Workers Association, Shipping Agents Association, Shipyard Owners Association, Stevedores Association, Employees of Shipping Companies besides others have raised satisfaction over the united move of all the 40 legislators of Goa to pass unanimous resolution urging the central government to suitably amend the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987, so that iron ore mining resumes in the state.
The Goa legislature passed the move during the last day of the assembly session held on Friday. “We are very lucky that the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has returned from the US after treatment. I think we are on a proper track right now. The mining industry will start as the central government is with our issue”, said Almeida.
The convenor of MMDF Manubhai Thakker said that he is very much optimistic that mining will resume in the state by early October. He also welcomed the decision taken by the Chief Minister to meet the union ministers on August 7.
The secretary of MLOA Simon Pereira said that in Vasco there are 37 launches affiliated to the association. “Over 500 people including the families of the launch owners besides crew working onboard launches are affected due to the closure of mining in the state”.
He expressed his thanks to all the MLAs for their collective support in early resumption of mining in the interest of the people and Goans in large. The press conference was also attended by MLOA vice president Kalidas Fadte, Shipping representative Ashish Maschedo, former Goa Barge Owners Association president Atul Jadhav and others.