Goa Forward party leader Vijai Sardesai on Sunday claimed that the state was face an ’emergency-like situation because of the crisis in its mining sector. The Supreme Court had recently cancelled 88 mining leases renewed in 2015. The leases are to cease operations by March 15.
“This is a transitional period and these are challenging times. The stoppage of mining is going to affect several people. It will have a huge social impact,” Sardesai told PTI.
Sardesai said that due to mining shutsown, about 1,50,000 were staring at unemployment. “We are facing an emergency-like situation in Goa,” he added.
The Fatorda MLA mentioned that the current government was not playing any role in banning the Stating that the government was not reponsible for the current situation, he said, “It is a Supreme Court decision. There was a ban on bars on the highways as well by the SC. Now there is a decision on mining. One pillar of democracy decides to exert its influence and one whole thing gets paralysis.”
“The Chief Minister is in hospital. We also have a responsibility that he does not get stressed there,” he said.
“The government is bound by a common minimum program. The government is not unsafe,” he concluded