The mining industry in the coastal state came to standstill on March 16 in view of the supreme court quashing the second renewal of 88 iron ore leases.
The Congress had demanded a suitable amendment to section 13 A of the Goa Public Gambling Act, 1976 to define clearly the term "offshore" so that casinos do not get an escape route and the government is not in a position to misguide the people.
The rebuttal from Parrikar, now Goa chief minister, came after Congress today accused the Modi government and the BJP of politicising the surgical strikes after a video of the same was released.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar chaired a meeting of legislators from the mining belt in the state at the legislature wing of the assembly complex this morning.
Dipak Pawaskar, MGP legislator from Sanvordem constituency which is part of the south Goa's mining belt, said, "The CM would be in Delhi next week to meet the Prime Minister and discuss the resumption of mining activity in Goa."
"We will work towards making Goa free of plastic this year. The state government's resolve towards this was delayed due to my sickness but it will now gain momentum again," he said.
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar visits Devaki Krishna temple at Khandola village in North Goa, 15 kms away from Panaji, to seek blessings of the deity in the morning
The chief minister first landed in Mumbai and from there he took another flight to reach Panaji, said an official of his office.
Before leaving Goa, Parrikar had formed a cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration on governance and other issues, in his absence.
The mining industry in Goa came to a standstill in March this year after the Supreme Court set aside second renewal of iron ore mining leases granted to 88 companies in 2015.This was the second big blow to the industry, which had faced closure in 2012 too, following the SC directives.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar alleged that no cabinet meetings were being held, adding that people were frustrated over this lack of governance.
BJP Goa unit chief Vinay Tendulkar and Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said that Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who will be on a two-day visit to Goa from on Monday, would try to find a solution to the problem.
Parrikar had left from Goa for Mumbai in the first week of March. He later went to USA for further treatment of a pancreatic ailment.
A section of leaders said that, in the remote chance of a change in leadership, the reins of the government would still be with the BJP and not its coalition partners.
Parrikar left for the US for his further treatment by a special flight from Mumbai airport, a senior official of the chief minister office told PTI.
Before heading to Mumbai, he called a meeting of his government's senior ministers at his private residence in Dona Paula near here and formed a cabinet advisory committee to take administrative decisions in his absence.
Goa Chef Minister Manohar Parrikar said the BJP's victory in the North East is unprecedented.
Parrikar, 62, was brought to the GMCH on a wheelchair, the official said, adding that he was accompanied by a family member.
Parrikar, who was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a pancreatic ailment since February 15, presented the Budget and also chaired a state Cabinet meeting upon his return.
Deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo confirmed this development.
The Goa Mineral Ore Exporters' Association (GMOEA) has written to state chief minister Manohar Parrikar stating that the abrupt stoppage of mining will also create risks of mounting loan defaults
"The prime minister was accompanied by Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis," the source told PTI.
Opposition Congress in Goa today wished speedy recovery to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who has been hospitalised in Mumbai.
Goa Foundation's director Claud Alvares said at a press conference that Parrikar, Parsekar and officials of the Mines and Geology Department were responsible for illegal renewal of mine leases.