PONDA: Mining dependents have come forward to say that they cannot trust the state government’s announcment about auction and restarting of minings.
They feel that the state government wasted ten years. and now if government to believe it would take one or two three years if government want to restart but then government should not mislead them .
Since the day when mining is closed the mines dependent struggling to earn livelihood .
The mining dependents were reacting to Government advertisement for conducting auction of mining block to restart mining in Goa . The news of which was highlighted by media and newspapers with headlines and it was expected that one of stakeholders i.e mining dependent in mining belt would be the most happy people to hear the news , however though they badly want restart of mining the mining dependents seems to be indifferent to the government announcement .
Goa Mining People Front Leader Puti Gaonkar when asked for his reaction on Government decision to conduct auction of mining blocks he said the day when mining operations will resume We will celebrate . He said until mining are actually restart in Goa We cant trust government announcement about auction and restarting of mining . Its now ten year government keep on continuing promises to restart mining at time of election to gain votes.
Another Mining Dependent Vinayak Gawas who is also Sarpanch of Dharbandora Panchayat said We will distribute sweet to celebrate the day when mining would really start in Goa . He said though auction is scheduled to happen in next month the entire process to restart mining would take long time . Government was having lot of time to start the process in monsoon but it could not happen.
It may be recalled that Puti Gaonkar since past many years was demanding for restart of mining by any mode , whether it is by auction mode. mining corporation or with existing leaseholders or with amendment in Mining Act . He also had expressed fear on earlier occasion about mining matter may stuck in court due to ownership right issue of mining leases.
It may be recalled that the mines dependent earlier staged agitation in Goa, faced lathis and even went in Delhi for restart of mining . The closure of mines had hit the truck owners machinery owners , Barge owners spare part shops , food serving hotels , etc. The machinery and truck parked are scrapped at parking place .