Millennium Post

Parrikar alleges double standard by Centre on mining

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday charged the Centre with adopting double standards towards solving the crisis arising out of current ban on the state mining industry.

While union finance minister P Chidambaram acknowledges the fact that the ban on mining has contributed to the economic meltdown, his own cabinet colleagues are behaving differently towards the problem faced by Goa, Parrikar said. ‘Whatever you (finance minister) say in the Parliament, you should also say it in the cabinet because few of your Cabinet colleagues are trying to stop the mining in Goa,’ he said.

Union ministry of environment and forest was posing a hurdle in the process of resuming mining activity, while the prime minister has not yet cleared the file pertaining to decision on buffer zone between mines and wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, which is crucial for the industry, Parrikar said. The state government has already submitted the file pronouncing its stand of having one kilometre as a buffer zone, but the Centre has been delaying the announcement, he alleged.


Our contributor helps bringing the latest updates to you

Share it