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CM seeks Centre’s intervention to solve mining issue

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has sought the intervention of Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to find an early solution to Goa’s mining tangle.

Sawant on Friday called on the Union Mines Minister in New Delhi and urged him to intervene in the mining matter on priority basis so as to give relief to the mining dependants, who have been facing a problem due to the closure of iron ore mining activities following the Supreme Court order in February 2018.

Speaking to this daily over phone from the national capital, the Chief Minister said that the Union Minister for Mines has understood the mining issue of Goa after he briefed him.

“We had a detailed discussion on mining issue. Mines Minister told me that during the upcoming session of the Parliament he would call a joint meeting with Law Ministry and Solicitor General of India and work out a solution to restart mining operations in the state,” Sawant said.

Sawant, who is in New Delhi on a three-day visit, also met Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Irani and Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

The Chief Minister said that he had a discussion with the Union HRD Minister on the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) besides issues pertaining to Goa University. “I have invited him to visit Goa for laying the foundation stone of IIT and inauguration of Government College campus at Pernem somewhere in the month of July-August,” he said.

The Chief Minister also said that he has discussed with Union Minister Irani about creating business and employment opportunities for Goans in the textiles sector.

Meanwhile, Sawant will attend the executive council meeting of NITI Aayog on Saturday in New Delhi.

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