Herald: Mining belt ‘landlords’ feel dip in income as outstation workers leave
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Mining belt ‘landlords’ feel dip in income as outstation workers leave

31 Mar 2018 05:37am IST

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PRATIK PARAB

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31 Mar 2018 05:37am IST

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PRATIK PARAB

Face exodus of Jharkhand, Bihar mining dependents; Schools with non-Goan kids empty

MARGAO: The people from the mining areas like Sanvordem, Curchorem, Codli, Dabal, Quepem, Sanguem and other places who had rented out their rooms and lands to the non-Goans are facing a sudden dip in their income. 

There were nearly 8,000 trucks transporting iron ore from Curchorem, Sanguem, Quepem, and Sanvordem whose owners had employed drivers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Jarkhand, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh Kerala and other places.

Sesa Goa had employed several non-Goans and since they were here for years now they had moved to Goa along with their families. Their kids studied in the government schools and hence several primary schools got a new lease of life. And with mining closure, the workers have taken their families back to their native States leaving the schools deserted. 

Santosh Sawardenkar from Fondkuli in Sanvordem said that when the mining restarted in 2015, there was a huge demand for housing, as such, he had constructed rooms on the upper floor of his house by spending Rs 3 lakh and rented them out to drivers. “However, now they have left due to the closure of mining,” Savardekar said. 

Vinod Naik from Camaral said that the number of students in the Government schools after the mining closure can be counted on the fingers. Several Goans who operated their businesses like vegetable shops and small eateries are facing a bleak season ahead. 

Even some of the Anganwadis too are on a verge of closure due to the drop in children. A driver Raju Yadav from Bihar said, “I was brought here by one of my relatives as there was no source of income in Bihar and there was a need for drivers here. However now when it comes to moving back, my employment and the future of our kids is a big question.”

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