Goa mining protests to shift to Delhi

Panaji, March 25 (IANS) Protests against ban on mining in Goa will shift to Delhi for two days in April, a spokesperson for agitating mining workers and others who depend on the industry said Monday.

“We have been protesting in Goa for months now. But it is time that we move to Delhi and pressurise the central government,” Suhas Naik of the Goa Mining Peoples’ Front (GPMF) told reporters here.
Naik added said that over 1,000 agitators would stage a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 15 and 16.
Mining in Goa has been banned by the Supreme Court since October last year.
The Goa government has already announced a relief for those who have been affected by the mining ban. However, civil society groups and legal luminaries like former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde have criticized the government for the move.
The apex court is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on illegal mining filed by noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan along with local green NGOs.
The petition followed closely on the heels of a finding of a judicial commission which exposed a Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining scam in Goa.