Goa CM holds meet to prevent mining suicides

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 04:55 hrs

Panaji: To prevent possible suicide attempts along the state's mining belt due to the closure of mines, the Goa government has decided to hold meetings with stakeholders for a solution.

Addressing reporters after cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government will solve the problem shortly.

"I will meet the barge owners association, truck owners association, exporters, mine owners and the banks to mitigate problems arising due to the shutdown of the mines. We won't allow Vidarbha like situation in Goa. There is no need to fear of any suicide," he said.

With the barge and the truck owners - involved in transporting ore to various places - owing a loan of about Rs 800-Rs 1,000 crores to banks, Parrikar assured he will request the banks to reschedule the loan payment dates in view of the present situation.

Parrikar, on Monday, temporarily suspended operations of 90 mining leases asking the mine owners to submit fresh documents including permissions from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The government has also set a deadline of September 21 for the mine owners to submit details of ore stocked at their sites.

Reacting to the closure, Goa Minerals Ore Exporters Association had said it will have a heavy impact on all those depending on mining for living while the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry opined that legitimate people in the mining business should be allowed to function.