Friday, 15 June 2018

Defiance against Draft CRZ notification 2018




Date: 15th June 2018

To,
The Director,
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,
(IA-III Division)
Telefax: 011-24695340
e-mail: arvind.nautiyal@gov.in
J-615, Jal Block, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan,
Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi – 110003

Subject: Defiance against Draft CRZ notification 2018

Sir,

This is in response to the Public Notice dated 18.04.2018 on your ministry’s website with subject “Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2018 – reg.” signed by Arvind Nautiyal calling for comments/ suggestions from all stakeholders within 60 days. Our comments as under:

1. Draft CRZ notification 2018 aimed at supersession of Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 excludes Goa from special protection in spite of its most fragile ecology. This made us to reflect deeper after our attempts to activate CRZ laws proved futile for the State of Goa. Recently we filed one complaint with Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) against the construction of bund on the banks of Mandovi River involving cutting down of mangroves in CRZ I B. Construction work sanctioned and funded by Agriculture department, (Government of Goa) and being carried on by private contractor with supervision of Naveli-Goltim Communidade. Our investigations revealed that this work worth more than 10 crore is being carried on without CRZ clearance. RTI queries revealed that Agriculture department never sought permissions from Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). On the contrary after our complaint GCZMA carried on joint site inspection with us, prepared report but never shared with us even after requesting to do so, and more importantly did not stop the bund construction work in CRZ area. After our investigations we leaned from Mr. Nelson Azavedo, Attorney of the Naveli-Goltim Communidade that CRZ laws are illegally enforced in Goa and Government of India has no jurisdiction to govern any of the Goa’s land.

2. This peculiar situation has arisen due to different colonial history of India and Goa with differing Jurisprudence. While India was governed and ruled by British, Goa was governed by Portuguese with far different legal practice. Portuguese laws in Goa applicable till date conflict with Indian laws relating to land. Portuguese signed Foral document in 1533 with the officials of local self governing village bodies in Goa known as communidades guaranteeing their autonomy in governance of land and village administration. This is a separate history from British rule in India.

3. Even though India attained so called Independence in 1947 its Constitution clearly prescribes dependence upon laws of the British government via Article 147. This is because India was ruled by British and Goa was not. So Constitution is relevant to ex-British colony and not to Goa which was never a British colony.

4. This system continued till Goa got merged into India in December 1961 after Congress government led by Jawaharlal Nehru ordered Indian Army march into Goa on December 17th 1961 and on 18th December 1961 mid night Soviet Union exercised veto power over UN Security Council resolution to help India in its mission. India established the so-called control over Goa on 19th December 1961. Though this event is known popularly as “Goa’s Liberation”, according to one of the Supreme Court of India’s Judgment relating to mining “Goa was annexed through Conquest”.

5. Prior to this conquest India had its Consulate in Goa. Goa was a separate country. With the conquest political status of Goa changed overnight from being a separate country attached to Portugal to Union territory of India. Indian rule in Goa sidelined communidades and established Panchayat rule at village level. This sadly, caused harm to the self-governing system already in place and introduced secret vote based democracy. Commundades are democracy without secret voting but open direct deliberative democracy.

6. Opinion Poll that took place in 1967 it was not whether people of Goa wanted to be part of India or to be Independent nation. Law and economics colluded to severely compromise Goa’s ecological identity.

7. This is particularly so after 30th May 1987 when Goa was granted status as a separate State within India. The first cabinet meeting itself past tourism master plan within 24 hours of Statehood crowding Goa’s beaches with luxury hotels from North to South of Goa. This was opposed by Student organizations and Tourism Master Plan was dropped.

8. Goa faced renewed pressures on Coast from tourism lobbies after India adopted new economic policy in 1991 when Finance Minister Manmohan Singh ushered in New Economic Policy of Globalization. Several Golf Courses and Star Hotels were proposed on several beaches and land acquired but People of Goa fought back to stop at the planning stage itself. Since then people of Goa has been continuously battling to defend its shores from tourism, rivers from dredging from shipping and mountains from mining.

9. Draft Coastal Regulations Zone Notification is further intensification of this 1961 conquest of Goa, now at the behest of BJP. BJP is funded by corporate rather lavishly and it has grown to be one of the richest Political Party in the World with declared income of Rs. 1034 crore for the financial year 2016-17.

10. More dangerously, functioning of MoEF itself has been viewed with suspicion as Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has publicly stated in past that MoEF accepts bribes to grant Environmental Clearances.

11. Dr. Shailesh Nayak Committee never visited Goa to understand Goa’s  situation from mass of people. Why? 

12. If No Development Zone (NDZ) is applicable within notified Port Limits then it is applicable to Goa’s six National Waterways that are also under Jurisdiction of Mormugao Port Trust?

People of Goa are fully aware of Communidades as self-governing institutions. Government of India cannot full the People of Goa. CRZ in Goa doesn’t stand fruitful in anyway when Commuidades are true decision making bodies since time immemorial. So the issue is not of CRZ but of Freedom from Political regime that has introduced this notification to benefit corporates and banks in search of places to destroy ecology. At the end of 60 days comes 18 June which for us is a day of struggle for freedom, a day of defiance, Goa Revolution Day.

There will be a mass uprising in case these draft coastal regulation notification 2018 are finalized and enforced in Goa.

Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,
 Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President
Goa Unit

Copy: Member Secretary, Goa Zone Management Authority, Porvorim, Goa

Monday, 11 June 2018

Oh Jharia! Oh Fires!

Image result for jharia coal fireIn a breezy calm of Goa
I met messenger of Jharia fires
Inside the classroom informed
Coal underground, oh dear, on fire!

Story unfolds the first day of June
Jharia coal burning for many years, months and days
Image result for jharia coal fireI lost count exactly how many
Researchers tell us exact story!

I know not exactly how many places
I know not who put matchstick
I know not who did profit
Image result for jharia coal fire
I know not who control coal mafia


Fire of Jharia voiced out a cry
in my beloved Goa,
At times Goa confronts
Adani, Jindal and Vedanta might.

I know for sure dozen villages are up in smoke
I know from source some people moved to rehabilitation sites
I know for caste based discrimination is a rampant
I know for certain; people struggle for better livelihood and Jobs.

Two colonies of Belgharia and Jagjivanpur 
are where housed rehabilitated people.
Plight of Scheduled Caste in Jagjivanpur is "living hell",
Image result for jharia coal fireWho is responsible for this?

Scheduled Castes are indigenous people of India
How come they are treated so badly?
Who gave this name "Jagjivanpur" to rehabilitation colony?
Wasn't Jagjivan Ram a puppet used against Ambedkar?

Is it Government of India that own Coal India Limited?
Is it government of Jharkhand?
Is it Coal mafia?
Image result for jharia coal fireIs it Politicians?

Or is it all the above and many more?
Is it mass of educated middle class keeping studied silence?
Or is it affected people for they were born?
Image result for jharia coal fireOr is it educational and research institutions failed in their role?

Fire of hearts moves miles with plenty of smiles,
Sets ablaze many minds in many nations
Connects flames of struggles across Globe
And Goa is not excluded from fiery scope.

In Goa we our own battles on board
Yet keep corner of our heart for Jharia fire to rage on
Lets attempt to decode
Lets offer listening Ear
Image result for jharia coal fire

We desire Peace!
We desire Jharia fires off
We extend hands of Solidarity
For Jharia to be Heaven again!

For butterflies to fly again
For birds to sing again
For wild to bloom again
For Humans to sustain again.
Image result for jharia coal fire 
Sincere wishes we share
Honest steps we initiate
Words of greetings we exchange
Oh Jharia, with Love from Goa!


Sebastian Rodrigues after inspiring presentation in Goa from Priya Wadini at Regional Science Congress, Goa

Pictures included here are selected from Google.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Call up Goa Fisheries Minister now!


Call up the Goa Fisheries Minister Vinoda Palyenkar on his mobile 9158252727 and ask him to act now to protect fisheries in Zuari and stop trawlers and purse seine boats from carrying on illegal fishing. Tell him enough is enough. On May 15, 2018 at 6.40 pm two trawlers are illegally fishing in Zuari river. 

According to reports received one mini purse seine boat bearing name Fatima with registration number 1614 cut and destroyed fishing nets of local fisherman from Odxel at Odxel coast in Zuari river. The incident occurred on May 12, 2018 between 6.30 am to 7.30 am when fisherman was fishing river. Purse seine nets are banned in rivers and within 5 kms distance from the coast. However there are frequent violations and fisheries department and coastal police are duty bound to crack down on the same. One regular notorious violator noticed is boat “Netra” registered with Goa Fisheries department.



Objections to the draft Gram Sabha rules


Date: 24th April 2018
To,
The Director of Panchayats
and Ex-Officio Joint Secretary to the Government of Goa,
3rd Lift, 3rd Floor, Junta House,
Panjim, Goa

Subject: Objections to the draft rules concerning Gram Sabha meetings

Sir,

We write to object draft Rules concerning Goa Panchayat Gram Sabha meetings as notified via no.38/DP/TP/ELN/2017/2312 and published in official gazette – Govt of Goa series I No 2 dated 12th April, 2018 regarding draft further amendment to the Goa Panchayats (Gram Sabha Meetings) Rules, 1996.

We object to one sentence in the substitution of Rule 7 as “No subject shall be discussed in such meetings besides the Agenda as approved by the Gram Sabha”.

We want to let you know that there several people in Goa who does not know to write and for them only way of expression in Gram Sabha is in speaking out their concerns. You cannot make rules like this to stop people from speaking on the spot at Gram Sabhas for it may lead to serious consequences of law and order and accumulation of unexpressed views.

We recommend that Gram Sabha meetings be kept open for discussions under A.O.B (Any Other Business) point.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Maggie Silveira
President, Goa State

Rohidas Andrade
Convenor, Bambolim Unit

Sanjay Pereira
Convenor, Cacra Unit

Socorro Braganza
Convenor, Siridao Unit

Sitaram Pereira
Convenor, Odxel Unit

Milind Palkar
Convenor, Nauxim Unit

Anthony Cardozo
Convenor, Curca Unit

Illegal fishing continues in Zuari


Date: 09th April 2018
To,
The Minister of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Secretary (Fisheries)
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Secretary (Home)
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Director,
Directorate of Fisheries,
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Police Inspector
Agasaim Police Station,
Agassaim, Goa

To,
The Superintendent of Police
Coastal Security,
Police Headquarters,
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Deputy Superintendent of Police
Coastal Security
Ribandar, Goa

To,
The Collector (North)
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Secretary (Education)
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To
The Captain of Ports
Panjim, Goa

Subject: Illegal Fishing in River Zuari

Madam/ Sir,
There are fresh spate of illegal fishing by trawlers and mini purse seine boats in Zuari river as under:
1.    Every night there is illegal fishing by trawlers and mini purse seine boats between 8.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Number of boats range between two to eight.
2.    On 30/03/2018 at 7.30 am thirty five mini purse seine boats carried on illegal fishing. It was Good Friday Holiday.
3.    On 29/03/2018 at 6.00 am eight mini purse seine boats carried on illegal fishing in Zuari.
4.    On 28/03/2018 at 10.00 pm eight trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari
All the four cases mentioned above indicate failure of surveillance system of the Fisheries Department as well of Goa Police. We call upon you
1.    To immediately tighten up the security measures and stop ongoing illegalities.
2.    Efficient co-ordination between police and Fisheries department.
3.    Involve Goa University, Colleges, Schools and other educational institutions in Goa to create awareness about ethical fishing and protection of rivers from purse seine and trawler fishing which is ecologically dangerous.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,


Maggie Silveira
President, Goa State

Rohidas Andrade
Convenor, Bambolim Unit

Sanjay Pereira
Convenor, Cacra Unit

Soccorro Braganza
Convenor, Siridao Unit


Anthony Cardozo
Convenor, Curca Unit

Sitaram Pereira
Convenor, Odxel Unit

Milind Palkar
Convenor, Nauxim Unit

Ms. Kalpana Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Siridao Unit

Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Honu Divkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Nauxim Unit

Yeshwant Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Manguesh Sawant
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Amir Mardolkar
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit

Francis Coelho
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit

Jaya Kuttikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Jonu Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ms. Sheila D’mello
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Ashok Kukalkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ganashyam Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Uttam Martins
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Rohit Hadkonkar
Co-convenor, Bambolim Unit

Sanju Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Chandranath Rosario
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Vijay Sawant
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Ragunath Sautodkar
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Mahadev Andre Rosario
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit


Laxman Mangueshkar
Co-convenor,,Siridao Unit



Illegal fishing by trawlers and purse seine boats in Zuari River and call to involve students


Date: 24th April 2018


To,
The Speaker,
Goa Legislative Assembly,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Minister of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Secretary (Fisheries),
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Director of Fisheries,
Panjim, Goa,
To,
The Superintendent of Police (Coastal Security), Police Headquarters,
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (Coastal Security), Ribandar, Goa

To,
The Police Inspector,
Agassaim Police Station,
Agassaim, Goa

To,
The Leader of the Opposition,
Goa Legislative Assembly,
Porvorim, Goa

To,
MLA,
St. Andre
Constituency



To,
MLA,
Santa Cruz Constituency

To,
MLA,
Talegao Constituency,



Subject: Illegal fishing by trawlers and purse seine boats in Zuari River and call to involve students

Madam/ Sir,

In spite of our repeated intimation to your office illegal fishing by trawlers in Zuari River continues. Here are latest trawler details: Daily between 8.30 pm to 4.00 am in the night time 4 to 5 trawlers regularly carry on illegal fishing. Then on last Sunday 22/04/2018 between 4 to 5 trawlers carried on illegal fishing during day time twice, in the morning at 8.30 am and in the night at 9.50 pm. Trawler “Netra” is one of the repeat offenders and few trawlers are without latest registration numbers from Department of Fisheries.

Here we share latest mini purse seine details: One boat carries on daily illegal fishing Zuari using banned purse seine fishing net from 5.30 am to 9.00 am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

We have noted that there is nil co-ordination between Coastal Security Police and Fisheries department and as a result illegal fishing which is also ecologically dangerous is thriving in Zuari river. You are requested to pay immediate attention to this problem and solve it. Your neglect may lead to situation going out of control and total collapse of law and order as well as collapse of fisheries administration in Zuari as it was on 30/03/2018 when 35 mini purse seine boats carried on illegal fishing without any hindrance from the authorities which we have already informed to Fisheries department as well as to Coastal Police via our letter dated 09th April 2018. 

So you are requested to take identify and penalize offender trawlers and mini purse seine boats as well as take punitive action against responsible officers.
We further request you to involve students and faculty of Goa University and other educational institutions such as BITS Pilani Goa Campus, Collages, Higher Secondary schools etc in tackling this problem as Coastal Security Police as well as Fisheries department has proved to be insufficient and inefficient. We suggest the following pedagogy to engage with Students of above cited institutions:

Ø Explain nature of Zuari River with rich fish diversity back by existing studies
Ø Food Security provided by Zuari river to fishermen and fish consumers human and non-human in Goa
Ø Introduction to sustainable, ecological and ethical fishing practices such as Gillnet fishing, Pagel, Stakes, Rampon etc and general threats to it.
Ø Prevalent law regulating fishing in Goa involving Directorate of Fisheries and Coastal Security Police
Ø Success and Failures of Directorate of Fisheries and Coastal Security Police in tackling illegal fishing by Trawlers and Mini-purse seine boats in Zuari river
Ø Role of Students, Teaching Faculty and Public in tackling illegal fishing in Zuari in the face of repeated failures of Fisheries department and Coastal Security Police – Group discussions
Ø For more details on dynamics of Zuari river fishing refer to field reports and letters at folder “Fishing” at our  blog www.bharatmukti.blogspot.in
Ø Collation generated ideas and Publication of Reports by Department of Fisheries and Coastal Security jointly.
Ø From the Academic Year 2018-2019 launch long term collaboration of Directorate of Fisheries, Coastal Security Police and Education Institutions in Goa to protect and defend River Zuari ecology from illegal fishing.
Should you need our assistance then we will be glad to do so in any possible way for the sake of River Zuari, its ecology and sustainable and ethical fishing practices in Goa.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely



Maggie Silveira
President, Goa State

Rohidas Andrade
Convenor, Bambolim Unit

Sanjay Pereira
Convenor, Cacra Unit

Socorro Braganza
Convenor, Siridao Unit

Sitaram Pereira
Convenor, Odxel Unit

Milind Palkar
Convenor, Nauxim Unit

Ms. Kalpana Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Anthony Cardozo
Convenor, Curca Unit

Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Siridao Unit

Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Honu Divkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Nauxim Unit

Yeshwant Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Manguesh Sawant
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Amir Mardolkar
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit

Francis Coelho
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit

Jaya Kuttikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Jonu Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ms. Sheila D’mello
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Ashok Kukalkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ganashyam Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Uttam Martins
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Rohit Hadkonkar
Co-convenor, Bambolim Unit

Sanju Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Chandranath Rosario
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Vijay Sawant
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Ragunath Sautodkar
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit

Mahadev Andre Rosario
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit




Laxman Mangueshkar
Co-convenor, Siridao Unit







Copy to:
1.     The Vice-Chancellor,
Goa University, Taleigao, Goa

2.     Director,
BITS Pilani Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa

3.     Principal,
Fr. Agnel College of Arts and Commerce, Pillar, Goa

4.     Principal
Fr. Agnelo Higher Secondary School, Pillar, Goa

5.     Principal
Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panjim, Goa

6.     Principal
Dempo College of Commerce, Panjim, Goa

7.     Principal,
St. Joseph Vaz College, Cortalim, Goa

8.     St. Joseph Vaz Institute of Education,
Cortalim, Goa

9.     Principal,
MES College, Vasco, Goa

10.                         Principal,
Don Bosco College, Panjim

11.                         Principal,
Don Bosco Higher Secondary, Panjim

12.                         Principal,
Santa Cruz Higher Secondary School, Santa Cruz

13.                         Principal,
Nirmala Institute of Education, Panjim, Goa

14.                         Principal,
Our Lady of Rosary Higher Secondary School, Dona Paula

15.                         Principal,
St. Andrews Higher Secondary School, Vasco