Goa: 'Unemployed' truckers plead compensation

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 12:43 hrs

Panaji, Feb 7 (IBNS) While the chain sit-in staged by hundreds of people affected due to mining ban in Goa entered its 23rd day on Thursday, the truckers who are among the affected lot have sought financial relief from the mining companies till the Supreme Court order on the matter.

"The truck and machine owners have approached our respective mine owners seeking compensation. They haven't responded yet," All Goa Truck Owners Association President Shamba Gawas told a press conference Thursday morning.

"We have no financial support since the mining closure in September 2012," he said demanding immediate resumption of legal mining.

The aggrieved workers argued that if illegal mining happened for the last 10 years, government should have taken immediate action instead of abruptly halting the activity now.

From about 21,000 trucks ferrying ore within and outside the state, about 9771 truck owners got themselves registered with the government for financial help.

More than 90 mining leases stopped functioning after the Supreme Court, hearing a PIL seeking action into the Rs 35,000 crore loss to the government due to illegal mining in the state, ordered halting the extraction and transportation of ore.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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