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.
Since our inception in 2014, the Goenchi Mati Movement has been fighting for ownership and safeguarding of Goa’s mineral assets for the Goan public. We are proud to launch our first video explaining what our movement is about.
Under the Constitution, the minerals of Goa belong to the people and the state government is merely a trustee of the minerals for the people and especially future generations. After the landmark Supreme Court judgement in the Goa mining case, all mining during 2007-2012 was declared illegal and during this period the people of Goa lost more than Rs. 65,000 crores from minerals.
In end 2014 – early 2015, the Goa government renewed 88 mining leases from which the people of Goa stand to lose an additional estimated Rs. 79,000 crores from minerals due to the balance period of the renewed leases.
Adding these amounts, we come to a staggering figure of Rs. 1,44,000 crores (OreChor144). This is the loss to the Goan public and Goan communities (nearly Rs.10 lakhs a person) from the renewal of the leases. More importantly, our children and future generations have lost Rs. 1,44,000 crores forever. What explanation can we give?
The Goenchi Mati Movement is fighting to stop this loot and recoup this massive loss for our future generations. We urge whichever Government is elected in 2017 to immediately cancel the leases and reframe a fair and just mining policy for the people of Goa. We request the Public to join our campaign, fight for what is rightfully theirs and urge them to vote for those politicians that will change the system.
We are often asked why we recommend only a Permanent Fund for investment / saving, and only a Citizen’s Dividend for distribution of income. Why not hand the money to the government, there are so many urgent needs? In an earlier post, we discussed why we insist that every paisa received from mining and minerals be deposited into the Permanent Fund.
TISS Mumbai will host Rahul Basu from the Goenchi Mati Movement for a talk on Aug 26 on the Goenchi Mati Movement proposal. The talk is at 4pm at the Bhabha Hall, Academic Building 2, Naoroji Campus, TISS, Mumbai. This talk will focus more on the development aspects of the Goenchi Mati proposal. The talk is titled “Beyond the Resource Curse: Resource dependence, inter-generational equity and …
JNU will host Rahul Basu from the Goenchi Mati Movement for a talk on Aug 22 on the Goenchi Mati Movement proposal. The talk will be hosted by the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, School of International Studies, and will take place at 2pm at the Kunzru Committee Room, SIS (Room No. 203). This talk will focus more on the political economy aspects …
Rahul Basu from the Goenchi Mati Movement will be talking at TERI University, New Delhi on August 24. Its at 1:15 pm at L001. Do attend if you get a chance. Details are here.