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Thousands take out march seeking resumption of mining in Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Thousands of people Thursday took out a protest march demanding resumption of industry, which came to a standstill in March last year.

Nearly 7,000 people took part in the protest march which began from Campal ground in the city and culminated at historic Those dependent on the industry participated in the protest under the banner of People's Front (GMPF).

The mining activity in the state has been on hold since March 16 last year after the quashed the second renewal of 88 mining leases.

The GMPF has been agitating demanding amendment in mining laws for the resumption of mining operations in

A delegation of GMPF also submitted a memorandum to on Thursday.

Addressing the mining dependents, Puti Gaonkar said the can work out a solution with the intervention of the

"The government can file an affidavit before the for consideration of Goa, (Abolition and Declaration of Mining Leases) Act 1987, with prospective effect. This will also help the leases to get prolonged life till 2037," he said.

Gaonkar said the state should appoint a to represent it in the apex court, instead of Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni, who is currently representing the

In August 2018, the had passed a resolution seeking Centre's intervention in resumption of mining activity.

A delegation of mining dependents, along with MPs from Goa, had met and Narendra Modi in seeking their help to resolve the crisis.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 15:51 IST