PANAJI: Nine months after suspending mining operations in the state, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar led a delegation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought cooperation in the Supreme Court for the commencement of legal mining in Goa.

Parrikar is under pressure from mining companies and other stakeholders including barge owners, and also from his own MLAs from the mining belt, to get mining restarted.

He is also being blamed for the present crisis as it was Parrikar who had taken the tough decision to stop mining activities days after Shah Commission report was submitted in the parliament. The report had brought out rampant illegal mining in Goa.

Subsequently, the central government suspended environment clearances and in early October 2012, the Supreme Court ordered suspension of mining activities in Goa.

Parrikar is under criticism for not having initiated proceedings to recover loss to the exchequer due to illegal mining. He had only suspended some officials from department of mines from which an assistant geologist allegedly committed suicide.

The Goa government in a memorandum submitted to the PM said that Goa’s economy has suffered because of closure of mining and that even central government couldn’t get revenue.

Goa government has sought a grant of Rs 3000 crore towards rehabilitation of mining people and a special package for banking sector. PM empathised with the sentiments expressed by the delegation and assured to have the request examined by the appropriate ministries to find a solution, Parrikar said.