Thursday, 3 September 2015

Goa State Fisheries Minister turns aggressive promoter of illegalities in Zuari River

From the way events unfolded today a new chapter has been added to Goa's history: Its Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtadao has turned into aggressive promoter of illegalities in Zuari river. This was revealed in a dramatic manner today early morning at 6.00 am. At this time traditional fishermen from Sirdao, Cacra, Bambolim, Odxel, Nauxim etc were already carrying on fishing in Zuari river. Then all together 40 trawlers came and started indulging in illegal fishing. 

Traditional fishermen from Sirdao, Cacra, Nauxim, Bambolim called the Harbor police but there was no response from them for they just did not pick up the receiver. Then they called up the Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado and complained to him about the illegal fishing being carried out by trawlers who are licensed to carry on fishing only in Arabian Sea and not in Zuari river. 

Avertano refused to comply and told local fishermen from Siridao that he will not act against trawlers violating the law in place. He asked the traditional fishermen to go in their canoes and attack trawlers in the middle of the Zuari river. This response shocked the traditional fishermen in Zuari river as the Minister who was often referred to as 'gentleman' has suddenly transformed himself into a mountain of arrogance. He looked suddenly drained out of his patience and the spirit of justice has departed from  his life. He no longer cares for the law or the Constitution of India by which he swore by when he was inducted into cabinet and allotted fishing portfolio.

Then he received one sms from traditional Fishermen on Zuari coast calling Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado arrogant. This led him to loose his mental patience and cool totally. He called up fishermen in Bambolim and warned him that till President of Bharat Mukti Morcha speaks to him today he will get trawlers to carry on illegal fishing all over Zuari.

This utterances of desperation from the Fisheries Minister indicate that Bharat Mukti Morcha has been marching forward in its task of challenging Bamon Raj in Goa. Earlier on 31st August 2015 meeting was called to strike a compromise on various issues on which Zuari coastal fishermen has been confronting Goa government time and again. Bharat Mukti Morcha was served letter by Fisheries department Superintendent of Fisheries after this meeting was concluded. So clearly Minister never wanted Bharat Mukti Morcha for the meeting. And even if the letter was received on time Bharat Mukti Morcha would never compromise on any of the issues in Zuari river - Marinas, Water sports, illegal fishing by trawlers etc.

Bharat Mukti Morcha considers it is a pity that Goa has a Minister in Avertano Furtado whose legs are so agile on Football field and could fly to Brazil has messed up affairs on illegalities in Zuari. 

Few months ago Superintended of Fisheries had served letter to few trawler co-operatives in Vasco warning them for carrying on illegal fishing in Zuari river. Fisheries department then took a U-turn and started aggressively promoting illegal trawling. this aggression was first demonstrated by Director of Fisheries Dr.Shamila Monteiro and Fishing Minister himself has demonstrated same killer instinct to promote illegal fishing. 

Here is a past month diary of illegal fishing that was carried on in Zuari river under the supervision of Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado and Director Dr. Shamila Monteiro, the two culprits who used their power to plunder Zuari and put Harbor police to sleep. Both of them will be remembered for their actions. For their actions reveals State Rule by terror tactics. We will not be surprised if India's defense Minister Bamon Manohar Parrikar is involved in all this.

1.    9th August 2015 from 7.00 am to 10.30 am 2 trawlers in Zuari River violating law carried on illegal fishing.
2.    15th August 2015 at 2.30 pm 30 trawlers in Zuari River carried on fishing illegally. Open violations on 68th Independence Day of India.
3.    16th August 2015 carried on fishing early morning when it was dark. 18 trawlers were noticed carrying on illegal fishing nearing 7.00 am. Coastal police alerted at 7.00 am, trawlers went away. Then 2 trawlers came again at 9.30 am and carried on illegal fishing till 4.00 pm. Director of Fisheries Dr. Shamila Monteiro was contacted over the phone and informed of these flagrant violations of fishing rights. Director said she will settle the matter and will not allow any more violations. She is giving all fake promises continuously for months together. Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado was contacted over the phone and informed of continuing violations of fishing rights in Zuari.
4.    17th August 2015 at 6.30 am 9 trawlers were found to carry on illegal fishing in Zuari River.
5.    19th August 2015 from 11.00 am beyond 3.30 pm two trawlers carried on illegal fishing near Siridao coast in Zuari river.
6.    20th August 2015 from 6.00 am 6 trawlers fishing illegally in Zuari River beyond 12.00 am in afternoon.
7.    21st August 2015 from 11.10 am onwards 35 trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari River. Coastal police contacted at Harbor police station, Vasco. Police refused to act as they claimed were on bandobast duty at Vasco Saptah. Police informed that their patrol vessel is stationed in Vasco on Saptah duty and they refused to act against trawlers. Superintendent of Fisheries intimated asked to take action. He asked fishermen to use their boats to raid trawlers. Representative of fishermen Sanjay Pereira refused to oblige with this nasty suggestion made orally at the face-to-face meeting at the Fisheries department at 11.10 am. Fisheries department too refused to sent their patrol boat to chase away the trawlers. As a result these trawlers carried on illegal, ecologically harmful practice of trawling till 6.00 pm. Minister of Fisheries Avertano Furtado was contacted at around 2.00 pm and he said he needs two days time to solve this problem of illegal fishing in Zuari. Ministers’ response is surprising as he has been constantly kept informed about illegal fishing by trawlers in Zuari for thee past nine months and he has not taken any effective steps to stop this ecologically hazardous, legally banned practice of trawling in Zuari River. It’s utterly disgusting to note complete crisis in Fisheries department and ever flourishing of illegal trawling in Zuari.
8.    22nd August 2015 from 6.00 am to 7.50 am 10 trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari. Director of Fisheries, Superintendent of Fisheries, as well as Minister of Fisheries informed about this violation.
9.    23rd August 2015 at 6.30 am two mini-per seining boats tore in Zuari river tore apart nets of the traditional fishermen.
10. 27th August 2015 five mini-per seining boats at 1.30 pm carried on fishing near Bambolim coast inside Zuari river. Earlier at 9.00 am 8 boats carried on illegal mini-per seining in Zuari river. Traditional fishermen are opposed to mini-per seining inside Zuari river on ecological and legal grounds leading to depletion of fish catch for traditional fishermen.
11. 27th August 2015 at 3.15 pm two trawlers carried on illegal fishing very close to Nauxim and Siridao coast. Director of Fisheries as well as the Minister of Fisheries were informed over the mobile phone message. Police at Harbor police station in Vasco were contacted and they informed that Police boat will reach to act against illegal trawlers from ‘Agacaim.
12. 28th August 2015 at 11.30 pm 22 mini-per seining boats carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river. Superintendent of Fisheries Shri Chandrakant D. Velip confirmed illegal nature of nets used by these boats while speaking over the phone with Sanjay Pereira.
13. 30th August 2015 16 trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river at 3.30 pm.
14. 1st September 2015 16 trawlers carried on illegal fishing at 9.00 am.
15. 2nd September 2015 25 trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river at 2.30 pm.
16. 3rd September 2015 40 trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river from 6.00 am onwards. Police at harbor police station did not answer the calls to receive complaints. Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado was contacted over the phone by Sanjay Pereira to complaint. Mr. Furtado behaved very arrogantly and told Sanjay Pereira, member of Santa Cruz Panchayat representing Cacra and Convener of Bharat Mukti Morcha, Cacra Unit to go in the river in Canoes and attack trawlers themselves. This is completely uncalled for arrogance on behalf of the Fisheries Minister asking traditional fishermen to take law into their hands and signals complete collapse of fisheries administration.
17. 3rd September 2015 22 trawlers illegally carried on fishing at 2.45 pm.


Monday, 31 August 2015

Bharat Mukti Morcha decry Indian Shipping Minister Gadkari's Marina comments

Maggie Silveira, President, Bharat Mukti Morcha,Goa Unit addressing Press Conference on 28th August 2015 in Panjim. She is accompanied on her left by Janardan Tamhankar, Convenor of Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siolim Constituency and to right by Syed Iftiyaz of Pupolar Front of India, Sanjay Pereira, Member of Santa Cruz Panchayat and Milind Palkar, Bharat Mukti Mrocha Convenor of Bharat Mukti Morcha, Nauxi village.
 Public and Press attending the Public meeting and Press Conference of Bharat Mukti Morcha
 Anthony Veronica Fernandes, founder of Kuwait Gaons Solidarity Centre addressing the public meeting. He shared his experience as to how Philippine women were made to bear illegitimate children at a time when it was R-N-R destination to US soldiers.
Janardan Tamhankar addressing public meeting expressed complete opposition to Casinos in Chapora river

Bharat Mukti Morcha strongly objects to the recent statements of Union Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari about installing Marinas in Zuari river. Mr.Gadkari’s statements has been completely irresponsible considering that there has been wide opposition to marina projects in Zuari river ever since they were conceived through two Lease deeds of 12 October 2010 with Kargwal Constructions pvt Ltd and 14 October 2010 with Yatch Heaven Pvt Ltd. There have been consorted efforts made by Union Government to deprive local communities of fishing spaces in Zuari river. In both the Lease deeds there is special provision that favors zero obstruction of mining barge transport by Marinas. It states “The LESSEE shall take all precautions to ensure that barge movements are not affected during the construction as well as operation period of the Marina”. What is noteworthy is that such a provision does not exist in Lease deed documents. The statements made by Mr.Gadkari does not have basis and he has made no estimates as to what it might mean if fishing spaces in Zuari River is lost. What is most insulting is that in face of overwhelming opposition from public of Chicalim, Nauxim, Cacra, Odxel and Goa Velha, Ministers like Alina Saldanha legislators like Vishnu S. N. Wagh, Panchayats of Sancoale, Cortalim, Agacaim, Siridao, Bambolim, Zilla Parishad of South Goa, Fishermen’s organisations like  Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE) and Bharat Mutki Morcha; Mr.Gadkari went on insisting on Marinas in Zuari River.

Bharat Mukti Morcha calls for revocation of notification issued by Central Government on 24th May 2000 extending jurisdiction of MPT over Zuari river. There are already number of problems in Vasco where MPT has jurisdiction and protests from fisher people opposing use of Vasco Bay for MPT projects and expansion plans. In this background Mr.Gadkari has announced that number of MPT berths is to be increased from 14 to 18. This means further displacement of local people. MPT has already caused social danger by announcing their plans of developing Goa into Rest and Recreation (R-n-R) destination. This involves accepting of foreign ships of soldiers fighting in different countries like Americans in Philipines in the past. This will only institutionalize Prostitution in Goa.

Bharat Mukti Morcha foresee that announced 50% subsidy for floating jetties will facilitate projects opposed by public specially at Divar of Champions group that is already carrying Gadkari’s photograph on their website, and Ozone group’s floating Jetty at Old Goa to ferry tourists to Vanxim island in Mandovi. Vanxim Island has faced strong public protests for past half a decade. Bharat Mukti Morcha extends support to all the people, groups, etc who are opposing irrational development policies sought to be developed by Goa Government as well as by Government of India.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Nitin Gadkari and his shining shoes

Come on! Everyone’s attention please! Nitin Gadkari is a minister in Indian cabinet is on tour of Goa. He just spoke to press and we heard him speaking on 24th August 2015 night on number of TV channels. Oh vow we giggled. This is it! We exclaimed. Gadkari came from Delhi flying in air and spoke to Goa press about Marinas in Zuari water. He was wearing polished shoes and no one else matches his heart full of fear in the introduction “I will answer all your questions on this topic and none on other topics”. It is Political statement? Anyways, that’s by the way.
And Nitin Gadkari wore polished black shoes and he is all set, to put up Marinas in Zuari. His shoes were shining to glory as he spoke the language of ‘politicalizing’ issue of land acquisition in the Indian Parliament. And his shoes were radiating with all the pats from the Indian Defense Minster Manohar Parrikar from Goa who is just swallowing Quittol lock, stock and barrel. Any way that’s by the way.
And you know it was fascinating to watch Nitin Gadkari on TV vexing not so eloquent about the jobs that will be created and crores of investment he is willing to put in Goa to construct Floating Jetties that are known as pontoons. And he says any one or other industry can use it but that not his intention. His intention is just a construction.
And Nitin Gadkari wore shining shoes and was sparkling like none in the room. Gadkari has a vision to create atmosphere of development by implementing Marinas that are running late by 5 years for take off.

Oh Gadkari! You are such a darling to puff all of us off the shore of Zuari. Murmagao Port Trust (MPT) you praised to heavens: 14 berths are going to be increased to 18. This means you are just waiting to turn India into super power and people of Zuari coast -cheated by Eurasian bamons for centuries - into super duper loafers. Very good Nitin Gadkari, all Indians must be proud of your stupendous feet. One thing Nitin Gadkari you forgot to tell press that both the Lease agreements – one in Nauxim and another in Sancoale – has written clause to allow free flow of Barges undisturbed - The LESSEE shall take all precautions to ensure that barge movements are not affected during the construction as well as operation period of the Marina- and yet in spite of the fact that you spoke so much about fishermen in Zuari, they are not even acknowledged as existing in these two lease deeds leave alone protecting their rights.
Nitin Gadkari’s shoes were shining brighter than his brains. For shoes needs ground to stand and brain needs imagination to fly and Nitin Gadkari fly all the time to his heart’s content? We do not know only Gadkari knows. Nitin Gadkari’s shoes deserve applause.  This is not all. Nitin Gadkari too admires his shoes and in just few hours he put his shoes and crushed all the people and coastal Panchayats and MLA and Environment Minister who have publicly opposed Marinas in Zuari. His shining shoes relished bulldozing act oozing out agony as Nitin Gadkari shares so called honest smile, no one can beat him at that.

And who turned Gadkari’s shoes into machetes? Central government Notification issued on 24th May 2000 and quoted in both the lease deeds signed by MPT with Kargwal Constructions Pvt Ltd and Yacht Heaven in October 2010 for 30 years each. And who asked central government to issue this notification extending MPT jurisdiction over Zuari river? No one. Which Panchayats were consulted before issuing of this notification? None!

As Nitin Gadkari mauls all of us under his shoes we experience that his shoes are not just carry sparkling shine, but also has sharp spikes meant to pierce open all political opponents. All of us feel the crushing might of Gadkari’s shining shoes. They are best shoes in the world completely untouched by the erstwhile untouchables and they are non-polluting.
Gadkari came to Goa, he saw and set off in motion process to conquer. Not a simple conquest of land where he acknowledged there are ‘issues’ involved because of which Marinas are not taking off for half a decade and MPT’s calculations of profits are ruptured, but ideological conquest, an ideological colonialism that advocates slavery of mulnivasi people by Bamon Raj government of India as normal practice. This ideological shift is as per manusmriti that lays in clear terms that duty of Shudra is to server Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vyasha in all possible way. Brahmin has right to education, right to teach, right to arms and right to property. Kshatriya has right to education, right to arms, right to property but denied right to teach. Vyasha has right to education, right to property but denied right to teach and right to take up arms. Shudras are denied right to education, right to teach, right to take up arms and right to property. This sytem of Eurasians who styled themselves as Brahmins was challenges by movements in Indian History. Movements led by Mahavira Jain and Gautam Buddha challenged and triggered collapse of rule of Manusmriti and ushered in moment in Indian history known as golden age period - the rule Chandragupta Maurya.Later on Muslim religion that came to India along with Mughal invaders challenged manusmriti and large number of Indians including mulnivasis embraced Islam even as Eurasians and Mughals jointly ruled India for 750 years. Christianity gave a body blow to rule of Manu and missionaries embarked on education to shudras. Jyotibha Phooley and Savitri Phooley are the products of these educational ventures. Jyotibha Phooley launched movement to free Shudras and ati-shudras from Bhatjis and Shetjis and started Satyashodak samaj in 1872. Brahmins retaliated with launching of Arya Samaj in 1873. Because of this movement of Jyatibha Phooley that lasted for 108 years India has little bit of breathing space of freedom. Bamons through their political parties of BJP, Congress, Communists and so many other are attempting to take away this freedom and reduce India back to the rule of Manu where Shudras will be denied of all the rights. Imposition of Marinas, installing of Casinos offshore, dilution of tenancy rights etc, expansion of MPT are all directed to this goal. It is making Shudras landless and vulnerable through the path of development. And Goa's Chardos are also Shudras as cab be deducted from the way Shivaj Maharaj and his Son Sambhaji Maharaj were humiliated and killed by cruel Bamani conspiracies.

The agenda of enslavement is being pushed through in India as well as Goa in every possible way. Earlier we used to get fooled now we can notice even the powerful shine of Nitin Gadkari’s shoes. MPT is on mission to transform Goa into R-N-R destination for sex like Philippines in past (Rest and Recreation) for foreign soldiers fighting wars in Afghanistan, etc. Past MPT Chairman Pravin Agrawal announced this in press communications.

Nitin Gadkari’s shoes are really spiky effective. More so as Nitin Sawant is no longer there to obstruct Marinas in Goa Bio-diversity Board; thorny element moved out, perhaps shown the door. But we have taken note of this fact. 

Minister from Indian Government believe it is going to be cakewalk to install Marinas in Zuari. BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh has already roared that he is going to resign in protest in case his government decides to press ahead with Marinas. He also is on record declaring that Zuari’s water is going to turn red with blood in case Marinas are not scrapped. Environment Minister of Goa Alina Saldanha has declared that Sancoale will be declared as reserved site for Oysters and no way will Marinas be allowed. Sancoale Panchayat, Cortalim Panchayat, Agacaim Panchayat, Siridao Panchayat, Bambolim Panchayats have protested and passed unanimous resolution in their respective Gram Sabhas against setting up of Marinas in Zuari. Protests in Odxel, Cacra, Nauxim, Goa Velha does not stand in front of Gadkari’s shoes for they are of different DNA, different from mulnivasi people of India. Murmogao Municipal Council three weeks ago also resolved not to issue NOC for MPT plans to use Vasco Bay for cargo handling and it must be maintained only for fishing purpose. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar declared if people does not want Marinas then they will not come. He should strongly stick to what he spoke.  

Yet Shoes of Nitin Gadkari are mighty spiky and they are shining bright and he believes making hey while the sun shines and it’s pleasurable for his shoes to kick coastal people of Goa in a decent manner. He does everything under the sun except ‘politicalizing’ – a new word he invented to define activities of his political opponents inside and outside Indian Parliament. His shining shoes are non-political shoes even though his legs inside are political. If you oppose Marinas you will be ‘polticalizing’ Marinas.
Nitin Gadkari’s shoes are really polished for the occasion and he declared expansion of MPT and does not care about voices of Khareawada, Baina, Desterro fishermen staying on the beaches near MPT. For why should he? Gadkari feels secure in his shining shoes. His shoes add audacity in the menu of Nitin Gadkari to come to Goa and declare that he is going to impose Marinas on Goa’s Zuari river. 

So here we have uncalled for notification of 24th May 2000 and uncalled for leases for Marinas of 2010 and bull headed intervention of Nitin Gadkari amounts to enslavement of coastal people and generates atmosphere not of development but thirst for freedom in 2015. 

We know by now that Eurasians Bamons finished their freedom struggle on 15 August 1947. They got power transferred from British. In 1961 these Indian Army invaded Goa and with the support in the form veto exercised by Soviet Union on midnight of 18th December 1961 continued to annex through conquest and formal transfer of power by Portugal in 1972 to India.  

So the act of Indian government to impose Marinas will only lead to creation of super duper paupers of the current fishermen. River is being taken away from them without their consent and this is a colonial act of Bamon Raj. It’s pretty certain that once Nitin Gadkari’s shoes get dipped into Zuari River they will loose their shine and Nitin Gadkari will be left without shining shoes. Nitin Gadkari represents Shipping Ministry of India. 

While professed to practice democracy, Shipping Ministry’s every act relating to Marinas in Goa as well as expansion plans for MPT in Vasco are dictatorial. And that’s the point that is destined to take away the shine from the shoes of Nitin Gadkari.

In the middle of misadventures of shining shoes there is ray of hope. Zuari River is not the only issue that the theme of Freedom is replacing theme of Development. It is happening all over Goa and all over India. A big freedom struggle against bamon raj based on ideological foundations of Jyotibha Phule, Savitribai Phule, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar is brewing up and result can be seen everywhere and Bamon Raj is restless to enslave all of us by pushing us to the wall but wall too speaks up! It will always be a mystery as to how Nitin Gadkari’s once shining shoes descended into history.

At large, the People of Goa understood everything about Marinas. Everyone is awake. Goans cannot be taken for granted. They wake up when required. So Nitin Gadkari your foolish plans will only fool you to wear shoes which are not shining any more. Its going to be a big downfall as you speak only Crores. What a pathetic situation you are going to be in! Its going to be unimaginable scenario.

Jai Mulnivasi! Jai Bharat! Jai Goa!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Dismiss Goa Director of Fisheries

Massive acts of illegal fishing in Zuari River by trawlers as below:
1.    9th August 2015 from 7.00 am to 10.30 am 2 trawlers in Zuari River violating law carried on illegal fishing.
2.    15th August 2015 at 2.30 pm 30 trawlers in Zuari River carried on fishing illegally. Open violations on 68th Independence Day of India.
3.    16th August 2015 carried on fishing early morning when it was dark. 18 trawlers were noticed carrying on illegal fishing at 7.00 am. Coastal police alerted at 7.00 am, trawlers went away. Then 2 trawlers came again at 9.30 am and carried on illegal fishing till 4.00 pm. Director of Fisheries Dr. Shamila Monteiro was contacted over the phone and informed of these flagrant violations of fishing rights. Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado was contacted over the phone and informed of continuing violations of fishing rights in Zuari.
4.    17th August 2015 at 6.30 am 9 trawlers were found to carry on illegal fishing in Zuari River.
5.    19th August 2015 from 11.00 am beyond 3.30 pm two trawlers carried on illegal fishing near Siridao coast in Zuari river.
Looking at the way the fishing rights violations are being carried on by trawlers in Zuari River it reflects very poor capacity of the Goa Government to respect the implementation of law in force namely The Goa, Daman and Diu Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1980 and Rules, 1982 that was formed after very strong movement of the traditional fishermen all over Goa. It appears that Goa government is behaving cowardly in implementing the law mainly because it does not care for traditional fishermen of Goa for the reasons best known to the State of Goa and its Directorate of Fisheries. Considering the aggressive violations of fishing laws by trawlers we have no doubt that this violations is taking place with active connivance of Director of Fisheries and we have already filed our letter in this regard on 13th July 2015 before Secretary (Fisheries) and other authorities giving evidence of nexus between the Director of Fisheries and the Trawlers indulging in violation of fishing rights in Zuari river.
In the above background Bharat Mukti Morcha calls for the immediate dismissal of the Director of Fisheries as it is due to her open defense and logistics support all the illegal fishing by trawlers is being carried on in Zuari River including illegal night fishing.