Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to meet PM Narendra Modi next week

Back from his three month long stay in America for treatment of his pancreatic ailment, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi next week

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Back from his three month long stay in America for treatment of his pancreatic ailment, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi next week. Though this is going to be a courtesy visit after Parrikar’s long treatment in Mumbai and then in the USA, the chief minister is expected to raise the issue of mining resumption with Modi.

Modi had visited Parrikar when he was at Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai during initial days of his sickness.

Dipak Pawaskar, MGP legislator from Sanvordem constituency, who met Parrikar on Thursday, June 21 told reporters that the CM would be in Delhi next week to meet the Prime Minister and discuss the resumption of mining activity in Goa.

Mining in Goa came to a standstill after the Supreme Court, in an ordered issued on February 7 this year, quashing 88 mining leases

Pawaskar said both the leaders during their meeting will discuss the ways to resume mining. "Whatever may be the option to resume mining, the activity has to start by October this year," said Pawaskar.

He said that the industry is look at currently three options to resolve the mining crisis. These options comprise passing an ordinance in Parliament to extend the life of the leases, auctioning the leases, and forming a state-run corporation to oversee mining operations, the MLA said.

Hundreds of mining dependents are regularly protesting on the streets demanding immediate resumption of the activity.

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