PANAJI: Even as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said during cabinet meeting that the state has to find a solution to the mining tangle, as there is no communication from the Centre on the issue, the formal process in this regard is yet to begin at the government level.
Reliable sources confirmed that so far no formal process has begun at the state government level for finding a solution for resumption of mining operations in the state.
When this daily enquired at the Secretariat level, senior officials dealing with the mining department said that no discussion has been held at their level on the mining issue.
It may be noted that since the last over one year, the state government has been, time and again, stating that efforts are on at the central government level for finding a solution for resumption of mining in the state.
Various delegations including those led by the Chief Minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a group of ministers appointed to look into the mining tangle and represented Goa’s case.
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party including all the three MPs have been assuring the people that the Centre would either amend the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 or promulgate an ordinance to restart mining operations. However, till date, there has been no concrete move at the central government level for finding out a solution to the issue.
As a result, Goa Mining People’s Front, an umbrella organisation of mining dependants, has called for a one-day shutdown or bandh in the mining belt areas from Sanguem to Thivim on February 26.
Some ministers in the government are also under distress, as no solution has been worked out yet.
It is learnt that in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, BJP leaders including MPs and ministers are not able to provide satisfactory replies to the mining dependants whenever they approach them.