The Archbishop of Goa, Filipe Neri Ferrão, at the Annual Civic Reception on the occasion of Christmas (at Archbishop’s House, 28.12.2016) in his address highlighted Goa’s mining- related corruption and weak governance. The extract from his speech as follows:-
The Goenchi Mati Movement advocates a fair mining policy based on 5 key principles. See easy-explainer below >> To control the slides manually hit ‘pause’ and use arrow keys. Best viewed in fullscreen.
It seems that from the mining peak in 2010-11 all the way through the mining ban, the Supreme Court judgement and the unfair lease renewals, the main Goan donors of the BJP, the Congress and even the Communist Party of India were mining firms. Now we know why there was no opposition to the renewal of the mining leases. The …
Mineral extraction came to an abrupt halt in 2012 following publication of the Shah Commission Report. Exports of Iron ore had been at a steady rate for over 50 years but from 2007 they soared due to a surge in demand from China. The resultant mineral price-hike prompted dramatic, unrestricted expansion in Goan mining activity.
It is enlightened, it is sensible, and it is eminently feasible: Guy Standing, BIEN co-founder and honorary co-president
Our movement has been inspired by the permanent funds of Norway and Alaska. In a norwegian article titled “With Oil Fund as a model“, Kenneth Bo Nielsen describes the Goenchi Mati proposal, and considers whether there are aspects for Norway to learn from. The Norwegian newpaper, Bergens Tidende, has published the article.