Over 2,000 people who depend on mining in Goa on Thursday staged a protest march near Panaji, accusing the government of not taking up the issue of resuming work at the mines seriously.
The Convenor of the Goa Mining People’s Front, Puti Gaonkar, told the rally that the state government should file an affidavit in the apex court seeking amendments to the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Leases (Abolition of Mining Concessions and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act 1987 to make it apply prospectively.
This, he said, would automatically extend the lease period of Goa’s iron ore leases — which have lapsed since 2007 — till 2037. Read More
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