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Mauvin for mineral corporation in case of delay in mining resumption

Vasco: Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said that the state government should form a local mineral corporation and restart mining in case there is delay by court on mining resumption.

Godinho said this while speaking at the Goa Liberation Day function organised by the office of the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate, Mormugao, at Tilak Maidan in Vasco. Deputy collector and SDM Paresh Faldessai, Mormugao mamlatdar Satish Prabhu, joint mamlatdar Saiesh Naik, deputy superintendent of police Raju Raut Dessai, Vasco PI Nilesh Rane, Verna PI Harish Madkaikar, Dabolim airport PI Sagar Ekoskar were present

among others.

 “State government is making best efforts to restart legal mining in the state. We are going through some sort of financial crisis due to mining stoppage and we have to admit this. Therefore, mining has to restart and for this the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is making all out efforts,” Godinho stated.

If by January-end, there is no relief on mining, the government will have no other alternative than to form a local mineral corporation and restart mining in the state, he said.

Speaking about the Citizenship Amendment Act, Godinho said that “I feel it is the right decision taken by the central government,” however, there needs to be more clarity on it and whatever issues arise will be adequately dealt with. “When rules are framed everybody will understand that there is nothing wrong in the CAA,” he said.

On the taxi business in the state, he said, “I will not tolerate exploitation of tourists in the state. I will not allow any mafia to hold tourists

to ransom.”

On the Railway Act being invoked by district collector (South), Godinho said that “the Railway Act is necessary for broad gauging of the railway track and it is required for the progress of Goa. We have to be in sync with the rest of the country.”

He also stated that the new Motor Vehicle Act in the state will be implemented strictly after the cabinet meeting scheduled in January 2020. “Taking a moral responsibility, the state government has delayed the

implementation of new Motor Vehicle Act because of the bad conditions of the road,” he said. He disclosed that the roads in the state will improve by the end of January 2020.

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