Goa Congress slams BJP for paying sacked miners

Panaji, Jan 29 (IANS) The Goa Congress lashed out at the Manohar Parrikar-led government Tuesday for paying mining firm employees who had been sacked after the ban on mining in the state.

Leader of opposition in the state assembly Pratapsing Rane said that instead of doling out money, the government should ask the mining companies to re-hire the workers they have sacked.

"How long is the government going to give them money? These are employees of private organisations. Today it is the mining companies, tomorrow it will be some other private companies," Rane told the assembly during a discussion on the motion of thanks to the Goa governor's speech.

"We can take an assurance from the companies that they (employees) should be taken back at the same post they had," Rane said.

Goa's Governor B.V. Wanchoo in his speech Monday had announced that the state government was working out a financial package for people affected by the mining ban, through which each affected individual would receive about Rs.6,000 per month as dole until the mining impasse was resolved.

Four months ago, the Supreme Court enforced a mining ban in Goa after a judicial commission unearthed a Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining scam being carried out by an unscrupulous nexus comprising politicians, bureaucrats and mining companies.


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