Expresses confidence that Modi will hold a meeting on the mining issue during the upcoming Parliament session
PANJIM: Stating that the Centre is concerned about the mining crisis in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants an immediate solution to the crisis.
On his return from Delhi on Monday, Sawant told reporters that during the recent NITI Ayog meet, the PM has spoken on the need to expeditiously find a solution for the crisis over the mining industry.
Sawant attended the NITI Ayog meeting on Saturday, where he raised the issue about the mining industry, which has come to a grinding halt after the Supreme Court has quashed 88 iron ore extraction leases in the year 2018.
“During the concluding speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the mining issue of Goa and has also conceded that state’s economy has slowed down due to the ban on the industry,” said Sawant
The PM said that Centre should re-think on the issue of mining. “The PM has also asked NITI Ayog to submit their report on the mining issue,” he said.
The Chief Minister added that the meeting has sent a positive signal on the current problem faced by the mining dependents and the State.
Sawant added that the PM is expected to hold a meeting on the mining issue during the upcoming Parliament session.
“We are highly positive that there will be a solution soon to the crisis faced by the mining industry, which will be worked out at any cost,” CM said.
Referring to interstate water dispute about sharing of Mhadei river between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, Sawant said that the Chief Ministers of all the three states are expected to meet soon and work out a solution for the problem.