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PM: Centre working on solution to mining issue

MARGAO: Assuring an early solution to the mining imbroglio in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the Centre and the state leadership are working closing to see that mining activity resumes at the earliest in Goa.

Addressing the over 4,000 Bharatiya Janata Party booth-level workers in South Goa district through videoconferencing, the Prime Minister said he is fully aware of the mining issue, which is affecting the state and wherein livelihood of hundreds of people is directly connected with the sector.

Stating that early resumption of mining in Goa is everyone’s concern, Modi said that the problem has risen due to Supreme Court order and added that the state and central leadership are working closely with members of the Parliament to find a solution to the issue.

Calling Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar architect of modern Goa, the Prime Minister wished him a speedy recovery and saluted his enthusiasm to work despite ill health.

South Goa Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar welcomed the Prime Minister on behalf of the booth-level workers and apprised him of the developmental works in progress in the state.

Apart from the party workers in South Goa district, the Prime Minister also reached out to BJP workers in four other parliamentary constituencies of Madha, Hatkanangale, Kolhapur and Satara in Maharashtra through the videoconferencing session.

Stating that since the party has come to power in 2014, BJP has achieved a lot, Modi said that the country has moved from a weak economy to the fastest growing economy. He also said that during the last four and half years, there have been no scams in the country but new schemes. The Prime Minister said that attacks by Maoists have reduced drastically.

The government has provided over nine crore toilets across the country, Modi said adding that the BJP government has transformed the country from one high in inflation and low on growth to a nation low on inflation and high on growth.

Speaking about the recent ten per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections in admissions and government jobs, the Prime Minister said that the Opposition has been caught napping, as this is for the first time that the government has risen above politics to reach out to the poor section of the society. Hitting out at the Opposition propaganda with regard to reservation for the poor by stating that it is only an election gimmick, Modi said that no injustice has been done to the SC, ST and OBC categories due to the quota for the economically weaker section. He said that the Rs 8 lakh annual income criterion takes into account entire family income and not individual’s income.

On farming, Modi said that the government has set 2022 as target to double production and various decisions have been taken by the government to create an agriculture ecosystem centre. He said that in Maharashtra alone, there has been a 25 per cent increase in land brought under irrigation. He also said that compensation to farmers under the Prime Minister’s crop insurance scheme has been increased. He said that the minimum selling price shields the sugar farmers from the dropping prices after the government freezed the minimum selling price at Rs 29.

Gearing up for the parliamentary election, the Prime Minister called upon the party’s booth-level workers to ensure that BJP retains power in both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa. He said credit should go to the workers who have worked tirelessly for the rise of the party from two seats to 248 and sought suggestions through the Namo app to ensure the party’s success.

“My life is dedicated to the party. I miss those days when I used to work as a party worker. The BJP, which is a cadre-based party, is what makes it different from other parties.” Modi said. He said the challenges before the workers include taking the programmes of the party to the people and asked them to list the works done by the BJP government in an alphabetical order and also use popular folk songs to campaign.

Stating that the Opposition parties joining as alliance partners is not a worrying situation, he said “even we have a coalition; we have a coalition with 25,000 crore people of India. They are having a coalition to promote themselves and their families while we are building the nation.”

Questioning the Opposition parties on what democracy they are talking about when there is no democracy in their own parties, the Prime Minister said that the Opposition has already made the electronic voting machines the villain even before the Lok Sabha election and added that this is dangerous for the country. He also hit out at the Opposition stating that they are now targeting constitutional bodies and added that people are tired of scams. On Bofors, he said the truth is out in the public domain.

Senior BJP leaders including party’s Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar, BJP MLAs and former party MLAs were present during the videoconferencing session.

Earlier, addressing the party workers, Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho said that BJP has a good leader in Modi and people should stand by him for development of the country. He asked the party workers to ensure that both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa are retained by BJP.

Former Shiroda MLA and presently a BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar, speaking at the function, said that he joined the party for development of his constituency. He said that he quit Congress party after 22 years. He said there were attempts to destabilise the state government and added that he felt the need to extend support to the leadership of Chief Minister Parrikar.

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