The opposition leader and Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar on Friday said that mining activities will restart in the state at the earliest and that a resolution has been unanimously passed on the floor of House during the recent Assembly session appealing to the central government to take steps to resume mining as thousands of dependants and their families were facing untold hardships.
He however lamented that the Goa government failed to take immediate steps to ensure mining activities had resumed at the earliest.
“I hope that the central government will take steps to restart mining in Goa. The BJP-led government in the state has failed to apprise the mining dependants of the steps taken by it to restart mining. The Chief Minister Parrikar should have briefed the dependants by holding a press conference regarding the developments in respect to restarting of mining,” he said.
“When I contacted Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar, he said that the situation is positive which indicates that the mining will resume in Goa soon,” Kavlekar added.
On a query, Kavlekar said that the retrenchment of staff by some mining companies was unjust. “They cannot abruptly retrench their employees,” he stated.
On Friday, Kavlekar paid a visit to the mining dependants from Sanvordem, Curchorem and surrounding areas who are observing a dharna in front of sarvajanik Ganeshotav mandal mandap at Tisk-Sanvordem.