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Mining dependents protest outside homes of BJP MPs in Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

People dependent on Goa's industry held demonstrations outside the residences of two BJP parliamentarians in the state on Thursday over their demand for resumption of iron ore extraction operations.

In a bid mount pressure on the government to resolve their woes, the dependents said they would hold protests outside the public functions where the three BJP MPs from would participate.

The dependents, under the banner of Mining People's Front (GMPF), staged demonstrations outside the private residences of member and in Ponda town, about 30 km from here.

Union AYUSHMinister Shripad Naik is also a member from

The protesters said the parliamentarians from the state had been unable to convince the Centre to amend the existing mining laws which will help in resuming the industry.

"Our demand is clear. We want all the three MPs to resign in support of our cause as they have failed to bring relief to the ailing mining industry," Puti Gaonkar told reporters at Ponda.

The mining dependents have also planned to block the national highway connecting Goa to at Keri in North Goa district on January 21 over their demands.

When contacted, Tendulkar said the demonstration outside his house in Goa were unwarranted.

"I didn't knew that the mining dependents were coming to meet me. I am in to attend Parliament session. If they had informed me, I would have deputed one of my representatives to speak to them at my home," he said.

Tendulkar, who is also the of BJP's Goa unit, said he will be seeking an appointment with to raise the issue.

"We are working on all for the resumption of mining industry. We are hopeful that the crisis would be resolved soon," he added.

The mining operations, a key source of revenue to the government, came to a standstill in March last year following a order which quashed 88 mining leases.

The BJP-led state government has requested the Centre to amend the existing mining laws during the ongoing session of Parliament so that leases get extended.

The GMPF, an group of mining dependents - whose livelihood has been affected - had recently staged three-day protests in New demanding resumption of mining activities in the state.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 16:35 IST