Goa mining dependents to hold protest march on Feb 8

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Panaji, Feb 3 (PTI) People dependent on Goa's mining industry will hold a protest march here on February 8 to mark three years of the closure of iron ore extraction activity in the state, the Goa Mining People's Front said on Wednesday.

There will be a peaceful protest march against the Centre's 'failure' to restart the mining industry, GMPF president Puti Gaonkar told reporters here.

The Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) is an umbrella body of mining dependents in the coastal state.

On February 7, 2018, the Supreme Court quashed renewal of 88 mining leases in Goa, resulting in the closure of the industry which used to be major revenue earner for the state.

As per the GMPF, around three lakh people are dependent on the industry and they have been seeking immediate resumption of the iron ore extraction operations in the state.

Gaonkar said they have so far put forth various petitions before the Centre and the state for restarting the industry, but in vain.

The state's economy has also been hit by the closure of the mining industry, he said. PTI RPS GK GK