Panaji: Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Pratapsingh Rane today demanded on the floor of the House that the money collected from the mining workers in the form of a cess should be ploughed back in the state.
Almost Rs one crore has been collected in the form of cess from the workers in the mining industry, Rane told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
"This money goes to the central government fund, when actually it should be utilised in Goa," he said.
The cess collected goes in the kitty of Indian Mines Bureau (IBM) located at Nagpur. "This money should have been used in Goa to give facilities like housing and health for the mining workers," the former chief minister demanded.
The mining workers rightfully own that money, he said. Rane raised the issue while discussing about the health facilities in the mining belt of Sankhalim and Valpoi.
He had asked State Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as to when will the hospitals at Sanquelim and Valpoi be ready.
Parsekar said that "no such time frame can be given in respect of Valpoi hospital" while the construction of hospital at Sanquelim was completed in all respects and was inaugurated on January 23 this year.