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Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday sought mining package for the state during the pre-budget consultation meeting held in New Delhi.

Sawant, who also holds Finance Portfolio, was representing the state in the meeting hosted by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Goa’s Iron ore mining industry is currently going through crisis after Supreme court last year quashed 88 leases bringing the entire trade to standstill.

As per rough estimated around two lakh people who were directly or indirectly dependent on this industry have been facing brunt of the closure.

“Attended Pre-budget consultation meeting chaired by the Union Minister of Finance Smt @nsitharaman. Sought mining package, support for hinterland tourism, land acquisition package for expressway from NH66 to Mopa Airport, exemption of export duty for high grade ore and also share of VAT in GAIL piped gas,” Sawant tweeted.

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