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Goa Mining dependents head for Delhi to raise heat in the winter chill

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It’s absolutely certain that Centre will not respond; there’s no chance of any amendment to resume mining

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– Goa Mining People’s dharna operation in Delhi ill timed as Assembly election results in 5 states will be out on December 11

– National focus will be on Assembly results and not on resumption of Goa mining

– Goa’s political leaders still feeding mining dependents with false hopes

– Possibility of agitation turning violent in Goa post December 15; State will grapple with a situation they have created

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GOA: The fight for resumption of mining will be shifting to Delhi from December 10 onwards, when around one thousand, mining dependents will travel to the national capital, bearing the cold winter. The first batch of the mining dependents has already left for Delhi on Wednesday morning by a train, while the rest of the batches will move now onwards.

Puti Gaonkar, who is heading the Mining Dependents, claims this as the ultimate blow to the Central government to get the things corrected on the mining front. The aim is to impress BJP-led Centre to move an Amendment to Mining Act, so that the Iron Ore extraction and export industry in Goa restarts.

The irony here is that there is a clear decision and view from the Union Law ministry that legislative course correction is out of the question as it will not be in the spirit of the Supreme Court orders on mining in Goa.

The agitation would be spread over four days, to begin with on December 10 at Ramlila Maidan, the mining dependents will gather, and will stay put there till next day, December 11. The weather is expected to be an impediment too with winter setting in But beyond this they have a far bigger political distraction to contend with. The counting and results of the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram will be declared on December 11 and national attention will be completely focused in them. No national leader is expected to focus on a Goa mining agitation, irrespective of its perceived importance

On December 12, they will shift to Jantar Mantar where for next two days the protests will continue before returning on December 15 to Goa. Incidentaly, December 13 is the birthday of CM Manohar Parrikar.

The mining dependents have been getting support from different political parties. Congress, GFP, MGP, NCP, AAP, Shiv Sena, Goa Suraksha Manch have already confirmed that their top leaders will meet the dependents at Delhi. BJP too has been invited, but it is not clear whether they would be arriving at the protest site.

Gaonkar claimed that the leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Prafulla Patel, Sanjay Raut will pay the visit, while several ministers from  Goa including GFP’s Vijai Sardesai will be flying to Delhi to meet them.

MGP President Dipak Dhavalikar has also said that he would be there in Delhi to participate in the protest.

But Goa’s political leaders still feeding mining dependents with false hopes.

It is absolutely certain that the union government will NOT move any amendment in the upcoming Parliament Session for the mining law. In such situation, Goa Mining People’s Front has already said that back home, after December 15, the agitation might turn violent.

“We have been protesting peacefully but our patience is running out. Now it is the time to sit at the doorsteps of BJP MLAs and ask them to pay the months wages of mining dependents,” Gaonkar had said addressing the crowd on Tuesday after meeting Governor Mridula Sinha.

The resumption of mining is a major challenge that BJP is facing in the State. If they fail to resume mining, then they will have to face wrath of the people. The time is running out for the saffron party as they are staring at the upcoming Parliamentary election.

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Protests in Delhi won’t help mining to resume: Vishwajit Rane

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Panjim, December 9 (TGS):   Two days ahead of scheduled protest by mining dependents from Goa in Delhi demanding resumption of the activity in the State, a Senior BJP minister on Sunday said that sit-in in the national capital will not provide the solution for the vexed issue.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, claiming that he is in full support of the mining dependents, said that holding protests in Delhi would not provide solution for this problem related to resumption of the mining industry.

“The solution for the issue has to come by discussing at government to government level,” commented Rane, referring to the discussions between State and Union government on the issue……….. READ MORE

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Vijai Sardesai intervenes to address woes of farmers in mining belt

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Panjim : Goa Forward Party Chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has intervened to address the woes of farmers in the mining belt, who are worried about rivulets running dry, as the water from mining pits has not been pumped out.

Sardesai has called for a High Level  meeting on December 12 at Secretariat to discuss the problem, which will be attended by  Ministers, State Chief Secretary, District Collectors and various MLAs to discuss the issue of allowing pumping of water from mining pits and to make available water for irrigation purpose for the farmers.

The rainwater has got accumulated in the mining pits, many of whom are below the water table of rivulets in the mining belt in Sattari taluka in North Goa.

There is urgent need to pump out the water so that the rivulets have a normal flow, allowing the irrigation of the farms in the mining belt.

State’s one of the tourist attraction, Haravalem Waterfall, which is a part of the rivulets that criss-crosses in mining belt, has been running dry since last two years, since the closure of mining activity.

The high level meeting called by Sardesai will also be attended by Speaker of Legislative Assembly Pramod Sawant, who represents Sankhalim Assembly Constituency, which is predominantly a mining belt, State Water Resources Department Minister Vinod Palyekar, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, State Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and other officials and MLAs from the mining belt.

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Man from Sirlim accused of raping a minor girl

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Margao: Goa Police have registered an offence against 50-year-old man for raping a minor girl from his village in South District of the State.

The case under relevant sections for raping a minor girl in Sirlim village has been filed by Margao Police against Ignatious Coutinho, who has fled abroad since the time of the offence.

“Mother of the 14-year-old victim complained to the police that between October 15-20, the accused raped her minor daughter several times,” Margao Police Inspector Kapil Nayak told reporters on Tuesday.

The complaint was filed after the minor revealed about the crime to her mother, he said adding that the search is on for the accused, who is reportedly travelling abroad.

Nayak said that the case under section 506 of Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of Goa Children’s Act has been registered against the accused

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