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Massive rally in Vasco demands restoration of consent to handle coal

The port town of Vasco witnessed a historic rally when under the aegis of ‘Rozgar Bachao Abhiyan’ over 5000 members of the Mormugao Port fraternity which included employees and workers of the port and port users, transporters, stevedores, vessel agents and EXIM traders marched in silent protest in demand of their right to livelihood and for the survival of Mormugao Port.

 The rally culminated at the Mormugao Port Institute where the participants were addressed by the Convener of the rally  ShriShekar Khadapkar, and other prominent leaders. 

 Never in the history of the port has town had such a massive gathering of people come together in a silent and peaceful manner demanding their right to employment and sustenance. A memorandum was handed over to the Dy. Collector of Mormugao, by the Convener of the ‘Rozgar Bachao Abhiyan’ and other leaders demanding among others the Goa Pollution Control Board to be unbiased in reporting the pollution figures and issuing guidelines for containment of pollution, besides  the restoration of consent for  handling of coal at the port. The serving employees and a large number of pensioners of the MPT were joined by the employees of the Shipping companies, Stevedores, transporters and all the trade connected with the port operations. 

 The meeting held at the Mormugao Port Institute premises was addressed by the convener Shri ShekarKhadapkar, Shri Laxmikant Gawde, Labour Trustee of the Port, and General Secretary of the Goa Port & Dock Employees Union, Shri Prasad Nayak, President of the MPT  Officers Association, Shri FrankeyGomes, President of the South Goa Truckers Association and Shri Leonard Rodrigues Working President, of Mormugao Port & Railway Workers Union and Trustee of the Port, and Shri Ashish Machado, President of the Shipping Agents & representative of the Mormugao Stevedores Association. 

 All the speakers made a fervent plea to the State Government and the State Authorities not to infringe on the authority of the Port, which was a Central Government body to serve the maritime trade, to prescribe pollution containment measures and to restore the consent to handle coal at the port as per the environmental norms and guidelines.


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