Latest CEC meeting: DMF portal, drones

The Coordination-cum-Empowered Committee on Mineral Development and Regulation (CEC) meets at irregular intervals. The minutes and meeting notes provide fascinating reading. We had recommended the use of LiDAR, drones and mobile weighbridges to keep a tight leash on mining. We also recommend participatory budgeting for District Mineral Foundations (DMFs). It is positive that the Central Government is creating a portal for monitoring …

New Paper on Goa’s mining

Intergenerational Equity Case Study: Iron-ore Mining in Goa is a new paper by our member, Rahul Basu. “The public trust doctrine makes natural resources a part of the commons, owned equally by all, and legally owned by the state. The resources and opportunities that the present generation have inherited must be available to future generations in perpetuity. In the Goa …

Video explanation of our movement

We have created a youtube playlist to explain our movement. Here’s the list of videos: The five principles of mining (4:22) Frequently asked questions on the 5 principles (12:57) What we expect if we implement the 5 principles (6:23) How deviations from the 5 principles attract the Resource Curse (5:16) How the legal mining system is looting the people (13:19) How the Congress and BJP have stabbed Goans …

Calling Goans to ask their candidates to sign our pledge

At the Goenche Mogi Citizens’ Meet, the people of Goa took the Goenchi Mati pledge in English and Konkani. We now call upon all Goans to visit their candidates and ask them to take the Goenchi Mati Pledge & whatsapp the recording. The contact information of all the candidates taken from their election affidavits is given in this Google Document. “I pledge to the people and …

Today’s environmentalism

Dr. Madhav Gadgil writes a fascinating article in the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) drawing extensively from his experience with the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) and with mining in Goa. He recapitulates the horror experienced with mining in Goa, including the difficulties tribals have found in establishing a cooperative to undertake mining in their village.