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PM has promised quick resolution of Goa mining issue: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

has assured that the issue will be resolved in the next 2-3 months, a BJP leader said here today.

Parrikar had called on the and the Group of Ministers (GoM) on in yesterday.

He had requested an amendment to the Goa, Daman and Diu Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, which will allow mining leases in the coastal state to remain operational till 2037.

The Legislative Assembly had last week passed a resolution urging the Centre to suitably amend the Act.

told reporters today that the PM showed a "keen interest" in resumption of iron ore mining in the coastal state.

"He (Modi) assured to find a solution to the issue within the next 2-3 months," said Cabral.

The state's mining sector has been shut since March 16 this year after the Supreme Court, through an order in February, cancelled 88 leases and banned the extraction of fresh ore.

Cabral said the had made a presentation before of Ministers (GoM) which was constituted with an objective to resolve the mining-related issues in the country.

"The GoM is convinced that the Goa mining issue is different from rest of the country and has agreed to help out the state," he said.

Cabral said Goa will constitute a team comprising the and the MLAs from the mining belt for taking follow-up of the issue with the Centre.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 17:15 IST