GMPF appeals to Centre for recommencement of mining in Goa

GMPF appeals to Centre for recommencement of mining in Goa

Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF), an umbrella organisation for people dependent on the State's mining sector, appealed to the Government of Goa and the Centre for recommencement of mining activities by the end of this year. GMPF has also demanded a financial package for all mining dependents if the mining activities are not resumed by December. The State Government is also intending to sell the mining dumps after forming a mining development corporation. "The process may take a long period", GMPF said, as the Ministry of Environment in its circular on June 18, 2018 stated that it requires a prior environmental clearance irrespective of size of the mining lease area and type of mineral including dump mining.

"If the government is intending to sell the mining dumps through state run Mining corporation, we also urge the government to study the basic valuation of dump handling as at the present the state neither has the geologist nor has any authentic report of the minerals and the information on the grade material available in the dumps", said Puti Gaonkar of GMPF.

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