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Accountability On Mining Mess

THE article ‘Current mining mess and the way forward’ by Bhaskar Assoldekar (B&C, NT, April 9, 2018) gave good glimpses into the history of iron ore mining in the state. The hopeless and desperate situation we find ourselves today is because of the insatiable greed of mining leaseholders, who indulged in illegal and uncontrolled mining from the year 2000 onwards, depleting mineral resources and devastating environment. If thousands have been left jobless and suffering today  it is due to the sins of these unscrupulous employers. Such a situation might not have arisen had the state  government  auctioned the leases with fresh environmental clearances  instead of renewing them in undue haste, which went against the order of the Supreme Court. The question therefore is: who will pay for the restoration of the damaged environment, the polluted fields and water bodies and the deteriorating health of the locals? Secondly, how long  will it take to punish the guilty and recover the losses running into thousands of crore of rupees?


Revive  Baina Beach Festival

THE summer holidays are here and children need some entertainment programmes to pass their time. In the past, the Mormugao municipal council used to organise  ‘summer beach festival’. However, for some unknown reasons the municipality stopped holding it. In the years gone by, the beach used to wear a deserted look as it has  proximity to the once infamous Baina red-light area. However, after the cubicles of the commercial sex workers had been  demolished by the government and locales around the  seashore beautified, people started thronging the beach. The ‘summer  beach festival’, which was an eight-day entertainment festival held in May, included music, games, food, etc. and was very popular among the people of Vasco. However, now  no entertainment programme are organised on the beach. The Vasco municipality needs to restart the festival in May to promote the beach as a tourist destination and provide some entertainment for the locals.


Remove MP Governor

A video-clip that has gone  viral on social media shows Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel openly guiding BJP leaders on how to seek votes. She should gracefully resign to maintain dignity of the post of state Governor. Or otherwise propriety demands that President of India may act unbiased by sacking  Patel for her violating the fundamental   norm of political neutrality required to be maintained by a  Governor. It is not proper to misuse the dignified post of  Governor for political gains. The post of  Governor must be occupied by only politically neutral persons who might not have ever affiliated with any political party. There have been many cases earlier when politicians appointed as state Governors misused Raj Bhawans like party headquarters dancing to the tunes of political masters at the Centre.



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