PANAJI: People affected by the closure ofmining activity in the state since September have decided to take on their fight to the national capital as they plan a 48-hour-long ‘dharna’ at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 15-16.

This was announced by the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) on Monday while withdrawing their 71-day-long protest at Azad Maidan in Panaji.

GMPF convenor Suhas Naik said the ‘dharna’ at Jantar Mantar would be held to draw the attention of the central government to the “plight of the people affected by the mining suspension”.

“We will try to bring to their notice that the current ban on mining is affecting three to four lakh people in the state,” Naik said.

The GMPF, while withdrawing its strike, warned that the agitation would be intensified in the villages especially in the hinterland. It has demanded that the state government should lead an all-party delegation to the Centre demanding immediate resumption of mining.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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