Goa polls: BJP wants to encash on mining issue
Goa BJP has now woven its election campaign around the raging mining issue, promising people to save legal mines and providing them amenities through revenue earned from iron ore exports.
Panaji: After exposing the Digambar Kamat
led government on illegal mining front, Goa BJP has now woven its election campaign around the raging issue, promising people to save legal mines and providing them amenities
through revenue earned from iron ore exports.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said that the
amount of revenue which should have been directed to the
mining affected areas is not coming through. "If BJP comes to
power, we have assured that all the money collected in the
form of mining revenue would be used here," he said.
Parrikar, who headed controversial public accounts committee (PAC) report, which brought to light the illegal mining, said the party has been facing various questions from the people dependent on mining during election campaigning.
"Our stand has been clear. We are in favour of legal
mining and we are in the know of the problems faced by the
people who are dependent on illegal mining. Once we are in
power, we will find out solution for those people who have
invested in the mining sector and fear to lose their
livelihood due to closure of illegal mining," he added.
Parrikar said the Congress led government has failed to
come to the rescue of people living in mining belt. "BJP has
aimed to spend at least half of the amount earned from here in
infrastructure creation of the mining belt," he said.
Goa has been reeling under a controversy of illegal
mining in which ore worth several crores was sent across the
border without paying royalty or tapped by violating
environmental norms. The Union government appointed Shah
Commission is probing into the illegalities.