Will meet Union Ministers; May also meet AG
PANJIM: With no firm action towards resumption of iron ore mining activities, a high-level delegation from Goa comprising of MPs and MLAs is in Delhi to meet the Central government seeking immediate relief.
Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, Minister Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar, MLAs Nilesh Cabral and Deepak Pawaskar are in Delhi to petition Union Ministers for their intervention in resolving the issue.
The delegation will be meeting Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Environment and Forest Minister Harsh Vardhan, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The delegation is also likely to meet Attorney General KK Venugopal, whose legal opinion was sought on the review petition to be filed before the Supreme Court seeking modification of its order dated February 7, to allow mining operations to resume until the State finalises its auction policy.
Speaking to Herald, Sawaikar confirmed that the delegation is in Delhi to meet the Ministers for their intervention in resolving the issue. “We are making all efforts to ensure mining activities resume in the State at the earliest. We have come here with the same request,” he said.
Sources reveal that if the Attorney General too turns down the idea of filing a review petition, then the State will request that an ordinance be promulgated in a bid to resume mining activities and protect the livelihood of over two lakh people.
The ordinance is to amend the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concession (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases), Act 1987, giving life to the leases till 2037. Iron ore mining activities in the State are currently suspended.