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Probable solution to mining tangle before end of Monsoon session: CM



Reiterating that his government is committed on restarting mining activities in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that he may announce a probable solution before the conclusion of the ongoing monsoon session of assembly.

Replying to the discussion on Governor’s address in the state legislative assembly, Sawant said that the follow-up meeting on mining matter would be held in New Delhi this week and two officials have already left for the national capital.

“We already held a detail meeting with the group of ministers headed by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to find a solution to the mining tangle. I am unable to announce the solution right now as discussion is underway. I cannot say it would be by way of legislative or judicial, but definitely mining issue will be resolved soon,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that though actual mining operations would not start immediately, but other related activities would begin by month of October which will help mining workers get work and give business to mining trucks.

Sawant also informed that he has deputed two special legal officers in the directorate of mines and geology, adding that e-auction of iron ore dumped at various places would begin soon and auction of dumps will also take place once the policy is in place.

The Chief Minister has also asked the directorate of mines and geology to carry out survey on how many workers are unemployed due to closure of mining operations.

He further said that the government has focused on agriculture sector and steps such as recharging of ground water by way of constructing bandharas along rivers and encouraging rain water harvesting for agriculture purpose are taken.

Sawant said that the government is already on the job of Clean Goa, Green Goa.

“I have directed the forest department to distribute two lakh trees to the people free of cost under mass tree plantation mission,” he said.

In order to tackle the garbage issue, the Chief Minister said that the government has planned four plants to treat solid waste, biomedical waste and hazardous waste.

Announcing new deadline of August 30 for achieving the open defecation-free status, Sawant informed that the government has decided to construct common toilet facilities at many places.

Sawant also said that the government is committed to protect all the rivers of the state and making efforts to clean all the tributaries.

On the employment front, the Chief Minister said that many industrialists have shown interest for investment in private sector which will help to create employment opportunities for unemployed youth.

He also said that the government has made provision for the students to take skill development training while pursuing their graduation.

Stating that instructions have been given from top level and taluka level officers to streamline the administration, the Chief Minister said that the government will make available a portal to file online complaints under public grievances cell.

Sawant further said that the state of Goa is filing SLP (Civil) against the findings of the award by Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal passed on August 14, 2018 on July 19 in the Supreme Court, adding Goa has already filed the counter affidavit for both SLP, filed by states of Karnataka and Maharashtra on May 6, 2019.

Stating that his government is committed to give corruption-free governance and to make Goa a model state as dreamt by former Chief Minister the late Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister appealed the people to support the government to carry out development works in various sectors.

Without naming the Goa Forward Party, Sawant said that the people will decide whose ‘Goemkarponn’ is true and whose is false.

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