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Chief Minister Pramod Sawant addressing Sanguem rally of South Goa BJP candidate Narendra Sawaikar on Sunday. Also seen are Subhash Phaldesai, Ramesh Tawadkar and BJP national Mahila Morcha president Vijaya Rahatkar

Only BJP government can resolve mining issue: CM

Panaji: Requesting the mining dependants to allow him few more days for finding a solution to the mining imbroglio in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said that solution to the mining problem in the state can come only from the government of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Chief Minister also informed that the government will create 8,000 to 10,000 jobs in the government sector, while 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the private sector. “As long as the mining activities in the state continued, we did not feel the heat of unemployment, however now we are fully aware of the same,” he mentioned, adding that the government, during its remaining three-year tenure would stress on human resource development, selecting the route from skill education to employment.

Sawant, addressing a rally of South Goa BJP candidate Narendra Sawaikar at Sanguem, came out with an emotional appeal to the mining dependants stating that he knows the pain of people working in the mining industry, as his own father is one amongst them.

“I know how the people depending on the mining industry suffer when there is layoff or disturbance in this industry,” the Chief Minister added, pointing out, “I represent the assembly constituency, which has mining as major economic activity.”

“I know the pain of the people because I belong to the family of mining dependants,” Sawant maintained, informing that his father was a machine operator at the Chowgule Industries mining firm.

“I can very well understand what difficulties are faced by people dependent on this industry when it is shut down,” the Chief Minister stated, requesting the mining dependants to give him some days to provide a solution.

“We will find out the solution,” he said, pointing out, “I assure the people depending on the mining industry that only the BJP government can resolve this issue,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, the mining case, which was expected to be heard by the Supreme Court on April 15, is now likely to be delayed beyond April 19 since the case has not been listed on the board of the apex court. However, the officers linked to the particular case are already in New Delhi to discuss the same with the lawyer.

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