South Goa MP Sawaikar, Cabral say “don’t panic” there’s no confirmation, hopeful of Bill in Parliament; MGP wants all-party delegation to meet PM
PANJIM: The unconfirmed reports in a national daily of Centre rejecting proposal for issuing ordinance for resumption of mining in Goa sent the stakeholders as well as the politicians into a tizzy.
The Financial Express, quoting sources, said that the Centre was not keen on issuing ordinance to resume mining operations in the State.
“Sources in the mining ministry said that the Centre was not considering to bring an ordinance, since mining is a State subject and the Centre really does not have much to interfere into the mining affairs of a particular State,” the daily reported.
Reacting to the news, South Goa MP Adv Narendra Savoikar appealed to the stakeholders not to panic or lose hopes as State and Centre is still positive about commencement of mining in Goa.
“I have confirmed with Goa Government Officials and it had confirmed that no such circular has been received by Central government,” he added.
Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, who spearheaded the agitation as well as delegation to Delhi, said that there was no confirmation on this.
“As it is, BJP never wanted an Ordinance, we wanted an amendment to the MMDR Act in the Parliament as Ordinance can be challenged in the Supreme Court,” he stated adding “but I don’t think the report is true”.
“We are confident the Bill will be tabled in the next parliament session,” he said.
Alliance partners Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has said that the all-party delegation should meet the Prime Minister and Mines Minister on the issue.
MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar cautioned the government against giving false hopes to the mining dependents.
“Let us take all party delegation to PM and the Mines minister and discuss the issue,” he said.
The Supreme Court had in February this year quashed the State government’s 2015 order granting ‘second renewal’ of 88 iron ore mining leases in the State.
The Apex court had also directed to stop all mining operations, with effect from March 16, 2018 on the ground that the second renewal was given to those mines in violation of its previous directions.
Thereafter the State had made multiple representations to Centre for amendment of the law.
In fact, the Goa Legislative Assembly in August this year also resolved to move Centre to take appropriate steps including legislations to resume mining at the earliest.