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Mining crisis: Gadkari to come down to Goa



Bharatiya Janata Party’s Goa unit chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar on Tuesday said that Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who is also Goa desk in-charge of the party, has agreed to come down to Goa to discuss mining crisis with the state government and the stakeholders.

A delegation from Goa consisting of BJP MPs,    Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik, Tendulkar and Narendra Sawaikar,   along with   Minister for Public Works Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and  Speaker of the state assembly Dr Pramod Sawant, met Gadkari and Union Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday in New Delhi.

Speaking to this reporter over the phone from the national capital, Tendulkar said that both Gadkari and Tomar have assured that the Centre would try to work out a suitable solution so that mining activities restart in the state.

“We have apprised the Union ministers of the grim situation arising from the Supreme Court order stopping mining operations from March 15 in the state,” the Rajya Sabha MP said, adding that both the ministers have responded positively over the issue.

The state BJP chief said that Gadkari will come down to Goa soon to discuss the mining crisis.

“With the positive response from the central leadership, we are hopeful that a positive solution will emerge so as to ensure the livelihood of thousands of mining dependants,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the three BJP MPs from Goa called on the party’s national president Amit Shah in the national capital who also assured them that a way-out would be found to end the mining crisis.

“As party’s MPs, we also met our national president Shah and urged him to help end the mining crisis in the state,” Tendulkar said.

Earlier this month, an all-party delegation had met Gadkari and Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal, demanding promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concession (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987.

The delegation had failed to get any firm assurance from the central leadership then.

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