Herald: CAC meet today to discuss mining crisis
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CAC meet today to discuss mining crisis

14 Mar 2018 06:21am IST

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14 Mar 2018 06:21am IST

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Will discuss steps the govt, with Centre’s backing, has to initiate to protect livelihood of the people

PANJIM: The State government’s three-member Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold its first meeting on Wednesday to discuss the mining crisis that would arise from March 16 onwards affecting the livelihood of nearly two lakh people dependent on the business, directly and indirectly. 

The CAC, comprising Ministers Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar (MGP), Francis D’Souza (BJP) and Vijai Sardesai (GFP) will meet on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm.

“I have spoken to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar telephonically and the Cabinet Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow at 3 pm to discuss and decide the future course of SC judgment and the mining crisis that stares Goa in the face,” Sardessai said, adding, “We need to ensure that the livelihood of the people dependent on the industry is protected.”

When contacted, Urban Development Minister D’Souza said the meeting will discuss steps that the government, with the Centre’s backing, has to initiate to protect the livelihood of the people. “We are not concerned about the mining players or we are not going to discuss on the Supreme Court order or on auction issue,” he said. 

“Our focus would be to ensure mining activities continue in the State thereby providing relief to the people dependent on the industry. There are nearly two lakh people dependent on it and we have to protect their interests,” the Minister said. “We may also pass a resolution seeking the Centre’s intervention in the matter,” he added. 

Dhavalikar, was also recently quoted stating that the CAC resolution would be placed before the Centre for its immediate intervention. 

During the recent meeting with Central leadership, the State delegation was asked to submit a cabinet decision for continuation of mining in the State. 

The Supreme Court has quashed 88 mining leases in the State asking them to stop fresh extraction of ore from March 16 onwards.

The State government’s failure to hold a cabinet meeting and pass a resolution for continuation of mining has irked BJP MLAs from the mining belt and so also the people dependent on this industry, who fear a loss of livelihood.
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