Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday assured a delegation of the Goa Mining People’s Front of fixing an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that the panel can impress upon Modi to push for early resumption of mining operations in the state. The delegation, which was led by GMPF president Puti Gaonkar, held a meeting with Sawant.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Sawant said that he explained the panel about the review petition filed before the Supreme Court on the mining tangle.
He expressed confidence that iron ore mining activities would begin from next month.
Gaonkar said the Chief Minister gave his word for arranging a meeting of the GMPF delegation with the Prime Minister to impress upon Modi to keep his word on mining resumption, which had been given during electioneering in the state. “We will urge Modi to take necessary steps for early hearing of the case pertaining to 1998 matters pending before the SC,” Gaonkar said, adding that the delegation will also press for amendments to the Goa Daman & Due Mining Lease Abolition Act, 1987.
Sawant agreed to waive the road tax on mining trucks for the period up to September 2019, and after that period the tax will be a quarterly payment.
Gaonkar also said that Sawant also agreed to extend the debt relief scheme for mining dependents up to September 2020.