Goa Govt is batting on the side of looting miners: AAP

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 December 2015 21:06 IST

Goa’s Aam Aadmi Party has shot back at Goa government, stating that it is batting on the side of the mining lobby, who has actually looted Goa to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore.

In a counter affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, Goa government has accused that Goa Foundation has an agenda to create economic unrest in Goa.

Goa Foundation has challenged before the Supreme Court the renewal of 88 mining leases to the same companies, instead of auctioning it.

A press note released by AAP leader and architect Dean D’Cruz has stated that it is the same mining lobby, whose brute monopoly over people's natural resources by controlling successive governments has been exposed and threatened.

It has also expressed shock at the BJP-led government’s wild accusations against the Goa Foundation for questioning the suspicious renewal of leases to the same mining lobby despite Central Government's directive to auction leases to get the best value.

Instead of such outbursts, the Government of Goa should show real strength by standing on the side of people by taking over the mining activity through a Goa Mineral Development Corporation, it stated.

“Create Goenchi Maati Permanent Fund to allow the majority of wealth created by mining and sale of Goa's precious natural resources to remain with its rightful owners - the people of Goa”, said D’Cruz.

He also accused then chief minister Manohar Parrikar for making no efforts to recover the loot of Rs 35,000 crore while present CM Laxmikant Parsekar has reassigned the leases to the same companies.

In the press note, D’Cruz also reminds Parrikar’s Public Accounts Committee report and tall promises made during 2012 election when he was opposition leader while Shah Commission had quantified the loot to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore.

Rather than restarting the mining activity, AAP alleges that the BJP-led government is busy giving more concessions to the mining lobby by reducing already reduced export duty and royalty charges.

“This is literally gifting people’s wealth to private interests while the real stakeholders of mining like truck owners, barge owners and mining workers continue to suffer”, states D’Cruz.

The AAP thus hopes that the Supreme Court gives a fitting judgement to end this imbroglio and expose Goa government's anti-people agenda.

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