As curtains come down on iron ore mining in Goa following a Supreme Court order, employees of various companies operating mines have blamed the Manohar Parrikar government for not defending the case strongly in the apex court.
Upset over the prospect of losing their jobs, workers have decided to step up protests. “As mines would be closed we would lose our livelihood. We feel the state government could have better defended its case in the SC. Our future seem bleak,” said Sujay Naik, a heavy equipment operator at Sesa Goa, a subsidiary of mines and mineral major Vedanta Group.