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Panaji: More than five thousand mining dependents on Monday marched in the capital city of Panaji protesting against the failure of State and Central government to resume Iron Ore mining industry.

Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), an umbrella organization of the people dependent on mining industry, had hosted the protest march which began at the city bus stand and proceeded towards historic Azad Maidan.

 

GMPF President Puti Gaonkar said that the march was peaceful as mining dependents had gathered in the city only to pass on the message to the governments (State and Centre) that the patience is running out.

Speaking on the sidelines of the march, Gaonkar recalled that three years back, on February 07, 2018, the mining industry had come to a standstill after Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.

He said that the day has been marked as Black Day, annually by mining dependents.

Gaonkar said that the GMPF has tried all the possible avenues to ensure resumption of the mining industry, but nothing seems to be working.

We approached everyone including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, but there is no solution forthcoming, he added.

The leader said that the state is also facing tough time as the revenues have plummeted due to closure of the mining industry.

He claimed that around three lakh people, who are dependent on this industry, are waiting for the day when they will get their income source back.

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