The All Goa truck owners association has demanded that the state government take over mining operations in Goa and want the state government to address their grievances caused by the mining ban as well.The truck owners asserted that the government should take over all mines and that no mine owner be allowed to restart mining. They pointed out that they, being the mining-dependent people, were forced to fend for themselves throughout the mining ban and thus had to struggle given their poor financial position.
Truck owners were of the opinion that the government should form cooperative societies comprising people from mining areas and it should operate mines through these societies. Association president Nilkant Gauns felt that the state, after taking over the mines, must share the profits among the government and people who are staying in the mining belt.
Gauns said that they would oppose any government decision to start ore transportation on contract basis.The truck owners further demanded that the government should assist them as far as the registration and installation of GPRS was concerned.They claimed that the truck owners cannot afford to pay 5,000 for the registration of their vehicle in the office of the mines department and 13,000 for the installation of GPRS.