Panaji, Feb 6 (PTI) A delegation of mining dependents and MPs from Goa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday over their demand for resumption of the iron ore extraction operations in the coastal state.Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin to Visit New Delhi on December 6 For 21st India-Russia Annual Summit

Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, Goa BJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, South Goa Lok Sabha member Narendra Sawaikar and representatives of Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) made a presentation before the prime minister over issues plaguing the industry. Also Read - Bank Holiday Alert: Banks To Remain Shut For 6 Days From Today | Complete List Here

GPMF president Puti Gaonkar later said the pime minister heard them and assured to look into the matter. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Ranchi Rajdhani Route Changed From Tomorrow | Check Stoppage, and Other Details

“I tried to convince him that a solution to the mining crisis can be found legally,” he said.

Gaonkar claimed that an amendment to the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act could revive the mining leases till 2037.

When contacted, Union minister Shripad Naik said the meeting was satisfactory and he was hopeful that the Centre would be able to provide a solution to the crisis.

The mining operations, a key source of revenue to the government, came to a standstill in March last year following a Supreme Court order which quashed 88 mining leases.

The BJP-led state government has requested the Centre to amend the existing mining laws during the ongoing session of Parliament so that leases get extended.

The GMPF, an umbrella group of mining dependents – whose livelihood has been affected – had in December last year staged three-day protests in New Delhi demanding resumption of mining activities in the state.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.