Bambolim: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday assured to find solution for the current crisis on mining industry in the State claiming that the centre will toe the line taken by State government to resume the industry.
Modi was addressing 30,000 strong crowd near Panaji as a part of ‘Vijai Sankalp Sabha’ held as a part of upcoming Lok Sabha election.
“I am well aware about the situation of mining industry in Goa and concerns of the State related to it. Some time back, I had invited stakeholders of this industry in Delhi and we had held detailed discussion with them,” the Prime Minister said.
“We discussed the issue in detail on how to work out solution for the problem. While there is Supreme Court at one side, there are also old laws (which we need to deal with) and also there is corruption. Entire issue is entangled in this,” he said.
“I have tried to understand the problem in detail. I am well aware that livelihood of several people is dependent on this industry,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the centre will work out solution for the problem either by working out legal solution, may be by informing Supreme Court, the stand of the State.
“I want to give you assurance that central government will do all the things required for resumption of mining in tandem with the State,” he said.
Modi said that Centre will leave no stone unturned to find out solution for this problem and remove all the hurdles in resumption of this industry.
Supreme court has quashed 88 mining leases in the State bringing the entire industry to a standstill. Around two lakh people dependent on this industry are demanding that central government should amend existing law to make way for its resumption.