Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday asked people living in iron ore rich belt to decrease their dependence on mining and instead look for alternate modes of employment.
He also said the government will try to resume mining activity this year.
Extraction and transportation of iron ore in the state has been stopped since September last year after an order by Supreme Court, which is probing the illegal mining.
“We want to start mining from this year itself. The new bench of Supreme Court will hear Goa’s case by April end,” Parrikar told the people dependent on mining activity, during distribution of sanction letter to the truck owners, who are being provided financial help under the government scheme to tide over the current crisis.
“In the mean time, we want to start exporting the dump (rejected iron ore which is piled up in and around mining leases),” Parrikar said.
He appealed people to decrease their dependence on mining activity by taking up farming and dairy activities, which are supported by the state government through various schemes.
The Goa government on Tuesday distributed 100 sanction letters to the truck owners, who will earn Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 per month under a government scheme providing them financial help.