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Goa to bring projects to enable mining-hit people earn income

By Business-standard calender  28-Jun-2019

Goa to bring projects to enable mining-hit people earn income

Amid the ongoing mining crisis in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Thursday said the government would roll out some projects to create income opportunities for the people affected by the mining ban.
He said money from the District Mineral Fund would be utilised for this purpose.
Sawant said this after chairing a meeting of the newly-reconstituted District Mineral Foundation committees at the state secretariat.
During the meeting, he sought an annual plan on spending the fund on different schemes in the mining belt.
"Besides various other activities, the thrust should be given on income-generating initiatives in the mining belt," he said.
The mining industry in Goa contributes towards the District Mineral Fund. The Goa District Mineral Foundation has so far collected Rs 180 crore from both the districts- North Goa and South Goa.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Sawant said both the committees headed by the district collectors will submit their annual expenditure plan within one month.
BJP MLAs Pravin Zantye, Joshua D'Souza and Glenn Ticlo would be part of the North district committee, while independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar, BJP legislators Carlose Almeida and Subhash Shirodkar would be represent the South committee.

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