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Goa mining industry hopes Parrikar will resolve crisis

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The people dependent on the industry in are hoping that their operations, which came to a standstill from March 16, will resume once Chief Minister returns to the state.

Parrikar, 62, is scheduled to return to tonight after his over three-month-long stay in the US, where he had gone to undergo treatment for his pancreatic ailment.

"As Parrikar is slated to return, people feel that a solution for the crisis would be worked out," Puti Gaonkar, of People's Front, an umbrella organisation of the people hit by the closure of mining industry in Goa, said.

"All these months, the government was without a head and the three-member could not provide a solution for the mining crisis," he added.

The in the state came to a grinding halt after the apex court set aside the second renewal granted to 88 mining leases, which were granted time to manage their affairs till March 15.

"In the absence of any decision maker in the state, the issue could not be resolved and it was kept pending," Gaonkar said.

"Now the decision maker is going to return and he should solve the issue as soon as possible as people are suffering," he said.

According to Gaonkar, the mining dependents have also decided to try to meet Parrikar and brief him about the ground realities in the mining belt.

"Those affected by the closure of the industry will certainly try to meet the CM as soon as possible. We are trying to get his appointment. He was away from and might not know how people are suffering since the closure of mining industry," he said.

Gaonkar said the mining dependents would continue their protests at various places in the state.

"The protests will continue till we get the solution for the crisis," he said.

has begun an indefinite sit-in at five different places in the state, including Azad Maidan in Panaji. It has warned to take out a march to the on the first day of the session, if their demands are not met.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 14:45 IST