A delegation of representative under the banner of Goa Peoples Mining Front accompanied by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, and put forth suggestions to resume mining in Goa. “The Prime Minister listened to our plight and said the Centre is concerned on the matter. We hope early action from the Centre,” delegation leader Christopher Fonseka said.

The group said that over three lakh people have been directly impacted by the ban, and requested Singh that the environment ministry be directed to revoke the order of suspension. When contacted, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said that her ministry is setting up dedicated committees to meet on day-to-day basis to consider the legality of each of the 139 mines. “Only after the expert appraisal committees assess the legality of these mines we will place the facts before the Supreme Court,” she said.