Skip to main content

Goa elections: Civil society asks people to support candidates insisting on people's control over mining

By Ashok Shrimali*
Goa’s civil society is all set to make the idea of intergenerational equity in mining, which seeks to promote the idea that people own minerals in common, with the government being merely a trustee, a major issue in the Goa state assembly polls, scheduled for February 4.
Goenchi Mati Movement (GMM) – set up in 2014 for advocating for reforms to mining – has begun an all-out effort to propagate by collecting more support ahead for the idea, saying, people should vote for only those candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections who endorse and support the concept of intergenerational equity in mining.
GMM has said in a statement, the idea has been supported independent candidate from Benaulim, Judith Almeida, declaring its intention to come up with a manifesto seeking the candidates’ nod. Already, the Archbishop of Goa has endorsed the idea.
The GMM statement in support of intergenerational mining has been signed, among others, by writers Maria Aurora Couto and Suresh Amonkar; Claude Alvares of the Goa Foundation; Rahul Basu of Ajadé; Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, and Shankar Singh of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan; Jagdeep Chhokar, founder, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR); top economist Prof Jean Dreze; anthropologist Felix Padel; and EAS Sarma, former secretary, Government of India.
insists GMM, “Minerals are a shared inheritance. And the existing system is leading to enormous corruption and misgovernance”, adding, “In the Goa mining case, the Supreme Court ruled that all mining during the period from November 22, 2007 to September 10, 2012, was 100% illegal” and should be “banned”.
“According to a Goa Foundation estimate, Rs 65,058 crores was recoverable on account of five years of illegal mining”, the statement says, adding, “Instead of recovering this staggering amount, the BJP government in the state renewed the leases to the same miners.”
“As there were no auctions or other attempts to get the full value of the minerals, the Goa Foundation estimated that there was a further loss of Rs 79,836 crore. The mining companies again got another windfall”, it underlines.
Quoting the MB Shah Commission on Goa mining GMM says, “It is pertinent to state here that such illegal act can’t happen without connivance of the politicians, bureaucrats and lessees. There is a complete collapse of the system.”
Seeking for the implementation of some simple Constitutional principles in the management of mineral wealth, GMM has demanded that the government should recognize minerals as common resources owned by people, and the government should “merely as a trustee of natural resources for the people and especially future generations.”
GMM further says, as people have “inherited the minerals, they are simply custodians and must pass them on to future generations (intergenerational equity)”, adding, if people “mine” and “sell” their mineral resources, they should be ensured “zero loss, i.e. capture of the full economic rent (sale price minus cost of extraction, cost including reasonable profit for miner).”
Pointing out that “any loss is a loss to all of us and our future generations”, GMM says, “All receipts from minerals must be saved in a permanent fund”. It underlines, “Similar proposals are already implemented all over the globe.”
---
*General secretary, Mines, Minerals and People

Comments

Anonymous said…
Do you have any video of that? I'd love to find out some additional information.
Anonymous said…
Hi there colleagues, fastidious article
and fastidious urging commented here, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

TRENDING

World Bank clarifies: Its 26th rank to India not for universal access to power but for ease of doing business

By Our Representative
In a major embarrassment to the Government of India, the World Bank has reportedly clarified that it has not ranked India 26th out of 130 countries for providing power to its population. The top international banker’s clarification comes following Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal’s claim that India has “improved to 26 position from 99” in access to electricity in just one year.

Mental health: India's 95% patients "deprived" of medical care, treatment gap 70%

By Moin Qazi*
Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who suffer from mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope of escape; they are left forlorn and abandoned, stigmatized, shunned and misunderstood.

Modi model? "Refusal" to build Narmada's micro canals, keep Kutch dry; help industry

By Medha Patkar*
This is the latest photograph of the Kutch Branch Canal (KBC) of the Sardar Sarovar, as of April 8! What does it show, expose, and what memories do you recall? Is it dry or dead? Is it a canal or a carcass of the same?

Bill Gates "promoting" GMO, Bt cotton, like cartels that have roots in Hitler's Germany

By Our Representative
World-renowned environmental leader and ecologist Dr Vandana Shiva has expressed concern that Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Corporation, has joined the bandwagon of “a poison cartel of three" – Monsanto and Bayer, Syngenta and ChemChina, Dow and DuPont – all of whom allegedly have “roots in Hitler’s Germany and finding chemicals to kill people”.

Indian talc products contain "contaminated" asbestos structures, can cause cancer: Study

Counterview Desk
A recent study, using polarizing light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction, and X-ray analysis on multiple over-the-counter Indian talc products for the presence of asbestos, has concluded that large quantities of body talc products are likely to pose a public health risk for asbestos-related diseases, especially for the cancers related to asbestos exposure.

Why are you silent on discrimination against Dalit jawans? Macwan questions Modi

By Rajiv Shah
Close on the heels of releasing his book in Gujarati, "Bhed Bharat", which lists 319 cases of atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis across the country over the last five years, well-known Gujarat Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan has shot an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, telling him the reasons why he does not want vote for the BJP.

Emergence of a rare Dalit teacher in IIT-Kanpur "disturbed" certain faculty members

By PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd)*
Dr Subrahmanyam Sadrela, a faculty member in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur since January 1, 2018, and one of the rare Dalit members of the faculty in IIT group of institutions, is facing the threat of revocation of his PhD thesis, and thereby also jeopardizing his job and career.

Investigation shows Narmada downstream "seriously" polluted. Reason: apathy, greed

By Rohit Prajapati, Krishnakant, Swati Desai*
Our investigation regarding quality of water flowing in the Narmada river downstream of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD), dated April 6, 2019, between 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. reiterates, what is commonly known now, that the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) is planned without considering its impact on the downstream Narmada River stretch of 161 kilometres, its ecology, biodiversity and fishery, and lakhs of people living close to and dependent on the river directly or indirectly. This, in turn, has led to its present disastrous state.

RTE in remote areas? Govt of India "plans" to close down 2.4 lakh schools

By Srijita Majumder*
The Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, came into effect on April 1, 2010, for the first time made it obligatory on the part of the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children from 6-14 years of age in India. The Act, despite its limitations, had progressive elements like neighbourhood schools, community participation, ban on corporal punishment, no detention, continuous and comprehensive evaluation and it hence it appeared that India was not far from achieving universal elementary education.

Election Commission suffering from worst-ever "credibility crisis": Ex-bureaucrats

Counterview Desk
In an open letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, a group of ex-bureaucrats have lamented ‘weak-kneed’ responses of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Citing various violations of the model code of conduct, and pointing towards how ECI has taken little action, the letter asks the President to tell ECI to “conduct itself in a manner where its independence, fairness, impartiality and efficiency are not questioned.”