MEAI calls for resumption of mining activities in Goa

01 Jun 2022

Mining Engineers' Association of India (MEAI)- Goa Chapter has called for the resumption of mining activities through the best possible means in Goa.

The Mining Engineers' Association of India (MEAI)- Goa Chapter told the media that in the absence of industrial activity in the state, mining professionals are encountering an unprecedented job problem.

Mining operations in Goa were halted in March 2018 following the Supreme Court quashing 88 mining leases.

MEAI- Goa Chapter appealed to the Centre and the state, to immediately allow the resumption of mining activities via the best possible means.

As per the data published by the Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE), Goa's unemployment rate was registered at a whopping 13.4% last month, as against the national average of 7.12%.

The association said that due to the stoppage of mining activities and a huge slowdown in other industrial sectors in Goa, as per the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) report, its unemployment rate was higher than that of several bigger states such as Chhattisgarh (0.7%), Madhya Pradesh (1.6%), Gujarat (2.1%), Odisha (2.6%), Uttar Pradesh (3.1%) during May.

Goa features among the first six states with the maximum unemployment rate in India despite being a small state.

MEAI Goa Chapter, Chairman, Joseph Coelho told the media that Goa's economic revival is extremely important without any further delays, and the association urges the government to relook at the ever-worsening employability scenario leading to different repercussions such as increasing cases of addictions, stress, illiteracy, and domestic violence.

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