How everyone in the US can get $200 a month

Authors James Boyce and Peter Barnes discuss in a recent article how a universal income of $200 per month could be financed from fees charged for the commons. Peter Barnes is a long standing supporter of citizens dividends from the commons. #BasicIncome #CitizensDividend

Calling all parties to protect our children’s inheritance

The Goenchi Mati Movement today releases its Manifesto for the Goa Assembly Elections 2017. The movement asks all political parties to include it in their manifestos. 

The Great Goan Mining Heist: Implications of the 2014 Supreme Court Judgement Ruling

Over the last ten years mining losses have been variously reported and unsubstantiated estimates touted. In among all of this, one thing is certain: the trend is consistently upwards. Amounts have been quoted from Rs. 3,500 crores due to non-payment of royalty (PAC Report) to Rs. 35,000 crores due to mining outside lease areas (Shah Commission). However the latest official …

The shocking truth about the theft of Goa’s mineral wealth

The five principles of the Goenchi Mati Movement What would you say if you were told that each and every member of your family had been unceremoniously and consistently robbed over an eight-year period to the tune of Rupees 3.7 Lakhs? A theft of inherited wealth, passed down through the generations, now almost beyond recovery and the perpetrators yet to …

The 5 points in the Herald today

Sarah McGinnis writes about our Goenchi Mati Movement in the Sunday Herald Review today. She also explains the five points at the core of our movement: Minerals are owned by the people & the state is only a trustee on behalf of the people and future generations Minerals are inherited assets and we are merely custodians for future generations If we …

Capture economic rent and pay a Citizen’s dividend

Here’s a fascinating article in Evonomics about how the commons and economic rent generally can be captured by governments and redistributed through a dividend. Our ask for capturing the value of minerals (economic rent), saving it and distributing the income is merely a single case in what is possible. The cap-and-dividend proposal by Our Children’s Trust is also merely a single …

Prutha Goa discusses the Goenchi Mati proposal

Iris C F Gomes from Prutha Goa discusses the idea behind the Goenchi Mati campaign: “The example Rahul uses to explain intergenerational equity is that the iron ore is like inherited gold which brings no income. This would prompt one to sell the gold and traditionally buy land for agriculture from which you could derive income. This is something that could be …

Announcing the Goenchi Mati Creatathon

Kokum, a design non-profit, is hosting a Creatathon for the Goenchi Mati campaign. We are thrilled! Its all day on sat&sun, 16&17 July, 2016, at the Design Center, Porvorim. There is also a talk on thursday 7th July, 2016 at 6:30pm the same venue introducing the idea and updating everyone on the current status. Be creative & have some fun if …

The village with its own Permanent Fund

The tribal village of Mendha in the panchayat of Lekha (Mendha Lekha) in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra has been at the forefront of self-governance. Their famous slogan is “Dilli Mumbai Amcha Sarkar, Amache Ganavat Amhich Sarkar” (In Delhi and Mumbai is our Government, In our village we ourselves are the Government). From the 1930s itself, the village has been fighting for its rights …

Minerals – who are the beneficial owners

In an earlier post, we had discussed who owns minerals in India under the Constitution. In broad terms, state governments usually own onshore minerals, all offshore minerals are owned by the union government. There are two additional aspects of minerals to consider, the public trust doctrine and the intergenerational equity principle. The Public Trust Doctrine, an integral part of common law …