Victory a reason to loot?

GMM member Laura Bush writes about how the people of Goa lose substantial amounts every time minerals are extracted under the current unfair mineral lease system. Do read Sale of Goa’s Kohinoor—minerals, which appeared in the Herald newspaper on April 23, 2017. Read more …

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 …

How mining loots the people

Here’s a short explanatory video on how the legal mining system resulted in the people receiving less than 5% of the value of the minerals that are theirs! Each person, however rich or poor, lost Rs. 3.7 lakhs over eight years. And forty families became rich. Can this be right? Also watch this explanatory animation on the same topic.

Goenchi Mati inputs used in the Economic Survey

The Economic Survey of India 2016-17 discusses permanent funds in the context of the Goenchi Mati Movement. It also acknowledges the input of our member, Rahul Basu. 

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 …

Goa’s Smoking Gun- Ore Chor! 144

Goans have lost Rs. 10 lakhs each as a result of the recent iron ore mining lease renewals. GMM has a strategy to recover this loss but the public are also needed to reinforce a unified action by lending individual support.

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. 

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.