Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) asks centre to restart mining in Goa

Delay of almost 20 months has resulted in massive adverse impacts on the lives of all mining dependents in Goa since mining is one of the two major sources of livelihood in Goa and the complete shutdown of mining industry has adverse effect on the livelihood of more than 3,00,000 people in the state.

Goa mining shutdown took place in March 2019, by the orders of Supreme Court. It ruled that the state government had not followed the rules in issuing their licences. And the industry had systematically broken the anti-pollution rules.

Activists say pollution from the mines hurt the local residents and Goan government has given formable treatment to the mining industry.

The Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) has urged to convene the meeting of ministers at the earliest so that mining can resume at the earliest and they also thanked the Goa State government to file a review petition to recommence mining activities by the end of this year.

GMPF requested the government that in addition to the review petition they should continue pushing the centre and ensure that a legislative amendment, which will be a long term solution for sustainable mining, is brought about during the ongoing winter session of the parliament.

In July this year, Home Minister Amit Shah, had directed the union mines ministry to review the mining stoppage issue in Goa and come up with positive recommendations for solving the impasse.