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Goa mining dependents claim BJP is not serious in resumption of the industry



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Panajim: With the annoying delays in mining resumption, the people dependent on the industry and opposition parties have expressed their reservations over Central and State government’s willingness to bring this industry back on the track.

Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) and Opposition Congress party has said that the BJP leaders including Members of Parliament, who are elected from Goa, are not pushing enough to get the Amendment to Mining Act passed in the Parliament, that could resume the activity.

BJP Goa Unit President Vinay Tendulkar has however, ruled out the allegations claiming that “enough is being done to ensure that the Amendment to the mining laws are taken up on the floor of the Parliament.”

State is witnessing a complete halt in its Iron Ore mining industry after Supreme Court in the month of February this year quashed 88 mining leases.

GMPF President Puti Gaonkar said that the union had to follow up the matter with Centre as all the three MPs – Shripad Naik (LS), Narendra Sawaikar (LS) and Vinay Tendulkar (RS) – have failed to do it periodically.

“I went thrice to Delhi and realized that the file seeking amendment to the mining law is not moving. I realized that our MPs are not doing anything,” said Gaonkar, who has met union ministers including Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar besides others in Delhi during his visits.

“Every time, we have to follow up the matter. When I visited Delhi on November 29, the file was still in the office of Union minister of Mines,” he said.

Gaonkar said that BJP do not have political will to push the files. “If BJP leaders wanted, they could have got the file processed expeditiously,” he said.

The union leader said that the mining dependents who are irked with the BJP will now start visiting the private residences of party’s MLAs asking them to pay for their monthly wages.

Gaonkar demanded that the BJP MPs should hold meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Party’s National President Amit Shah along with the stakeholders to ensure that the mining act is amended.

The stakeholders and State government is looking at amending Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration of Mining leases Act, 1987) to the existing mining leases will have life extended up to the year 2037.

State’s main opposition Congress party has joined chorus with the mining dependents. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar said that entire plot behind sabotaging the mining industry was to keep the ‘bahujan samaj’ (lower caste) economically weak.

He said that the BJP was fooling people in the name of mining resumption to gain votes.”

“BJP is not serious in allowing mines to start. They are only doing the drama to show that they are interested in starting the mining,” Chodankar alleged.

When contacted, Tendulkar said that State and Central government are doing enough to ensure that the mining resumes.

On asked whether the amendment would be moved during upcoming Parliamentary Session, Tendulkar remained non-committal.

“We will have to see. We are trying our level best to get it for the upcoming Parliamentary Session. We are trying our level best,” he replied.

The BJP leader said that all the MPs are trying their best. “No one knows to what extend we have been trying. The move for resumption of mining activity is heading in a proper direction,” he said.

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CM Parrikar stuns critics, inspects bridges, holds meeting



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GOA: Stunning his critics, ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday moved out of his private residence and inspected the work of third bridge over Mandovi river in the capital city.

The CM also inspected the work on bridge over Zuari river, 15 kms away from Panaji.

Parrikar, 63, has been recuperating at his private residence near here since October 14 when he was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. This is for the first time that Parrikar has moved out of the house since his arrival from Delhi.

A senior CMO official said that the Chief minister travelled from Porvorim to Merces side inspecting the work on the bridge, which is expected to be compled next year.

This is the third bridge over River Mandovi connecting State capital to the rest of the North Goa.

Parrikar also got down from the car and discussed the progress of the bridge with the Senior officials from State run Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and also the contractor firm Larsen and Tubro, he said.

Later, Parrikar also inspected the work on a bridge on Zuari River at Agassaim village, 15 kms away from here.

The Chief Minister also held a separate meeting with the officials over the construction of this bridge, the official said. Congress has been demanding intervention of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to restore governance in the State.

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Dismiss Goa Governor Mridula Sinha: Congress urges President of India



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Vasco: Congress party has  demanded that President of India Ram Nath Kovind should dismiss State Governor Mridula Sinha for being silent spectator to the  mess in the State.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar alleged that Governor has failed to perform her Constitutional obligations.

Chodankar was addressing party’s Jan Akrosh Rally at Vasco town this evening.

“Governor has become liability to the people of goa because she has failed to perform her constitutional obligations,” he said raising the demand for her dismissal by President of India.

“We demand that she should be dismissed by President of India for her dismal performance and inability to intervene when State is going through constitutional crisis due to ailing Chief Minister,” he said.

CM Manohar Parrikar is currently recuperating at his private residence near here since October 14 after his discharge from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Congress has petitioned thrice to the Governor staking claim to form the Government. The party has begun Jan Akrosh Rally to demand restoration of Governance.

“Government has been silent spectator for last eleven months to the happenings in Goa and she is enjoying the salary and facilities from Goa government,” Chodankar said in presence of former Chief Minister Ravi Naik and other party leaders at Vasco.

“Governor has  failed to work for Goa. She is acting like a BJP worker,” he alleged.

The Congress leader also accused other ministers in Parrikar-led cabinet of being ‘inefficient’. “These ministers listen to the dictate of Parrikar’s Personal Assistants and Personal Secretaries,” he said.

Chodankar claimed that when their (ministers’) file does not move, they issue statement of collapse of administration, but suddenly withdraw their anger when their work is done.

He said that the government departments have become hub of corruption leading to harassment to the common people.

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Separate rankings for smaller and bigger universities now



Panaji:  The smaller universities would be separated from their bigger counterparts as far as  their ranking process is concerned, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Saturday.

Javadekar also said that the education system in the country which has implemented the system of no examination till 8th standard will enforce outcome based learning modules in the primary education so as to map the learning process of each of the student.

The minister was addressing Goa University’s Convocation at Panaji on Saturday. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is also Chancellor of Goa University, was  present for the function.

Referring to the suggestion of segregating the smaller universities from their bigger counterparts, Javadekar said that there would be separate ranking for smaller universities in future.

He said that Modi-led government during last four years have been trying to give proper direction to the Educational System in the country.

“ We have been trying for last four years to give proper direction to education. Raghuram Rajan and twelve economists have given 40 page paper on critical analysis of Indian economy. In that paper, the importance of Education has also been stressed,” he said addressing the students after giving the degrees.

The minister said that the Education should not be just “input led” but also “outcome based.”

“Only the kind of infrastructure that is available in educational institution  is not important but what is critical is that how much is the outcome,” he said.

Javadekar said that the students are the barometer of the outcome of the Educational Institutes.

“We can judge it by sensing whether the students, who are passed out think only of themselves or whether they think of society also. Whether they are good citizens and whether they are inculcating the values to make society more good,”he added.

Referring to the Right to Education and system of not holding examinations till 8thstandard, Javadekar said “we need to check whether we are providing outcome based education right from the primary level.”

“We have seen that the examinations are cancelled till 8th. Such a system might spoil the education, that is why we created learning outcome, which lists what should be learnt by the  students in each standard,” the minister said.

“It would be monitored whether the learning outcome of each of the student is completed or not. That is the basis of our education,” he said adding that Quality, research and innovation is being given priority in the field of education.

Pointing out that out of 10,000 graduates who were given certificates on Saturday, 52 per cent are girls, the minister said that the essence of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao lies in such phenomenon. 

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