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Subhash denies hand in jail-beating, demands ore transport after inventory

 

Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldesai has emphatically denied any involvement in getting Ravindra Velip, a tribal panch from Caurem-Pirla village, beaten up in Sada jail while fully supporting their demands related to mining transport.

He has also demanded a thorough inquiry, judicial or by any other impartial agency, into the incident of getting a prisoner beaten up in a judicial lock-up and assured to fight for a re-inventory of the iron ore dumps lying at the three mines in the village.

The BJP MLA told goanews.com that he is prepared to even approach the chief minister to fight for it, provided the protestors want him to take initiative.

“I will retire from politics if they prove any link with the jail incident or threatening Ravindra of eliminating him few months ago”, Phaldesai said.

His house is barely 500 metres away and the family of Ravindra, who has his house in Phaldesai’s property at Caurem.

The former truck transporter told goanews.com that he has no link with mining business anymore and his 18 trucks are presently lying idle at home.

Phaldesai, a resident of Quepem, is elected the MLA from Sanguem, a neighbouring taluka.

‘ALWAYS HELPED HIS FAMILY’

According to Phaldesai, Ravindra is the only boy in their joint family who has been opposing him for the last six years, for the reasons best known to him.

“Due to my initiative, one of his cousin is today a PSI while one cousin and another relative are the police constables. I have been with him family when his uncle’s head constable wife as well another uncle were hospitalised”, said the Sanguem MLA.

How can you expect me to beat up a person from such closely connected neighbouring family, that too in the judicial lock-up, asks Phaldesai.

He has also denied the allegation of going to his house and threatened to eliminate him.

“I went to his house only for the funeral of their grandfather in recent times”, said the first-time BJP legislator.

SUBHASH SUSPECTS ELECTION POLITICS

According to Phaldesai, some of the youth in the village are playing these games, keeping an eye on forthcoming election.

“They are getting desperate because BJP gets 60% votes in my village even without moving from house to house to beg for votes. That’s the reason they are making me a scapegoat now”, alleged the ruling party MLA.

He also suggests the media to find out how Nilesh Gaonkar, who was beaten up in 2011 for raising his voice against illegal mining, could afford to start a business in spite of working as a class IV employee in a private industry before taking up the issue of illegal mining.

Phaldesai thus seriously doubts whether Ravindra was actually suffering with a fracture and asks why he is not being treated in GMC or in a private hospital for a fracture till date.

When goanews.com told him that the village youth are presently struggling to get a co-operative society registered to streamline mining activity in the village, the Sanguem MLA from Quepem asks why he was not taken into confidence about this movement, in spite of being a villager.

TAKE LOCALS, START TRANSPORT

Phaldesai however fully supports the demand of villagers that locals should be given first preference in truck transportation of the iron ore, e-auctioned or otherwise, before getting any outside contractor.

“I am prepared to fight for their demands, provided they agree with the transportation rates notified by the state government”, states the ruling party legislator.

He has also supported their demand that no transport in the village should start unless the mines department conducts yet another inventory of the ore lying at the three mines to verify the allegation that the size of the e-auctioned ore is more than double.

“I will demand to complete the inventory within a fortnight so that locals are not deprived of their livelihood, since mining has resumed after a long gap of three years”, said Phaldesai. 


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Iron Ore Mining in Goa.

Goa produces iron ore since 1940, a period prior to independence of India. Goa was a foreign colony ruled by foreigners at that point of time. Most of the iron ore produced in Goa is exported. One of the main export destinations today for iron ore from Goa is China.

It is not economically prudent to export iron ore without adding value to it. Even lesser developed countries like Indonesia do not allow export of iron ore unless value addition, such as pelletisation of iron ore is carried out.

Most regrettable fact is that even after fifty five years after liberation of Goa in 1961, no investment has been done towards steel making facility utilizing the local iron ore. This is despite the facts that various political parties have ruled the state. Steel production facility can generate lot of employment as well as revenues for the state in the form of taxes and would improve the standard living of the people of the state.

Goa has been receiving step-motherly treatment from all the political parties. There is a need to change the policy making process as well as governance style and standards. This is possible only with the introduction of a new political party such as AAP.

State wing of AAP is requested to fight for investment for setting up a steel production facility in Goa. A special marine grade alloy steel production facility can improve the cost and efficiency of the existing ship building industry in Goa. This will make our ship building industry globally competitive. This will not only benefit Goa but also the nation.

AAP has been totally transparent in Delhi with continuous endeavour to reach out to people. AAP can bring fresh thinking and carry out course correction in the process of governance in Goa.

 
Prasun Kumar Chaudhuri , Noida

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