Friday, 21 November 2014

Race war against tribes in Goa over fishing in Zuari River

Date: 21st November 2014
                           1
To,
The Governor
Government of Goa
Dona Paula, Goa


                           2
To,
The Chief Minister,
Government of Goa
Secretariat,
Porvorim,  Goa



                            3
To,
The Minister of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa


                           4
To,
The Chief Secretary,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa

                            5
To,
The Secretary (Fisheries)
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa

                            6
To,
The Under Secretary (Fisheries),
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa

                            7
To,
The Captain of Ports,
River Navigation Department
Panjim, Goa

                             8
To,
The Director,
Department of Tourism,
Panjim,  Goa

                           9                        
To,

The Director,
Department of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Panjim, Goa

                           10

To,
The Collector (North Goa),
Government of Goa
Panjim, Goa

                           11
To,
The Mamlatdar,
Tiswadi Taluka,
Panjim, Goa

                            12
To,
The Director-General of Police (DGP)
Police Headquarters,
Panjim, Goa

                         13
To,

The Superintendent of Police (North Goa)
Porvorim, Goa

                          14

To,
Vishnu Surya Wagh
The Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA)
St. Andre Constituency,
Goa



                            15
To,
The Parish Priest,
Our Lady of Bethlehem,
Bambolim
Goa

                         16
To
The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Curca – Bambolim- Talaulim
Goa

                             17
To,

The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Siridao
Goa

                         18
To,

The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Taleigao,
Goa

                          19
To,
The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Santa Cruz, Goa

                         20
To,
The Parish Priest,
Our Lady of Rosary Church,
Siridao, Goa




Subject:  Race war against traditional Siridao, Bambolim, Nauxim, Cacra and Odxel fishermen in Zuari river by Hotel Grand Hyatt through water sports, Trawlers and Mini Purse seining

Sir/Madam,

1.   As you may be already aware that through water sports including speed boats Hotel grand Hyatt has waged a war against the traditional fishermen fishing in Zuari river on the coast of Siridao, Bambolim, Nauxim, Cacra and Odxel villages. The chronology of the warfare politics played out over the past one year by Hotel Grand Hyatt is as follows:


Ø November 2013 Bambolim based Hotel Grand Hyatt allows its premises for water Sports Company named Aqua Sail. Water sports boats found sailing in the waters of Zuari river.
Ø On 21st November 2013 fishermen petitioned against water sports to Captain of Ports, Director of Fisheries, and concerned Panchayats of Zuari river coast from where affected traditional fishermen hail from.

Ø On 26th November 2013 fishermen complaint against this water sports activities harming fishing activities. These fishermen are traditional fishermen using canoes for fishing purpose in Zuari River.
Ø On 26th November 2013 No Objection Certificate (NOC) which was granted for water sports activities got revoked by fisheries department due to public pressure from fishermen.
Ø 10th December 2013 fishermen wrote detailed complaint to Goa Fisheries Minister objecting to the water sports activities in Zuari river at Bambolim – Nauxi-Siridao-Cacra-Odxel coast which is signed by 291 fishermen.
Ø 15th April 2014 NOC granted for water sports by Fisheries department.
Ø 19th April 2014 Water sports company files police complaint against fishermen of Bambolim in Agassain Police station. Police Inspector Devendra Gad visits Bambolim beach and confronts fishermen and slaps one fisherman Vishnu Kankonkar at 6 pm. Fishermen called to the police station. Matter is ‘compromised’ as Company withdraws complaint.
Ø 25th April 2014 - 20 water sports boats found obstructing traditional fishermen in Zuari River.
Ø 26th April 2014 traditional fishermen launched fresh investigation as to who issued permission to the water sports boats after their NOC being revoked on 26th November 2014.
Ø 02nd May 2014 then Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado visited Bambolim Beach at 12.30 pm without prior intimation to fishermen. Around 50-60 fishermen voiced their grievances about water sports.
Ø 09th May 2014 second letter of protest sent to Goa's Minister of Fisheries calling for immediate cancellation of No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued for speed boats to carry on water sports activities signed by 132 affected fishermen.
Ø From 19th October 2014 water sports boats again found obstructing traditional fishermen in Zuari River this continues till date.
Ø On 11th November 2014 officials of Hotel Grand Hyatt contacted Raghuvir Kankonkar and offered to bribe him. Raghuvir Kankonkar is a father of Vishnu Kankonkar who was slapped by PI Devendra Gad on 19th April 2014. Raghuvir refused bribe citing that he is not interested in compromise and he wants river protected for fishermen and their future generations.

Subversion of ministry roles

It is evident from the above chronology that there has been subversion of roles of the fisheries ministry. Fisheries ministry that is supposed to protect the interest of fishermen has been made to sacrifice interest of fishermen and promote interest of the luxury tourism lobby. This is indeed very serious development that needs sufficient analytical attention. How can Fisheries ministry of Goa government destroy interest of fishermen? How can it in the first place grant NOC for water sports? After the protest letter from the fishermen NOC for water sports were revoked. And after four months and twenty days it was granted again. That means the power of the protest from the affected fishermen expired after this period and fresh protests had to be launched. Discussion held by the leaders of the movement with the Director of fisheries revealed that there has been application of political pressure to over ride the interest of the traditional fishermen who are largely STs and OBCs. Bulldozing of the interest of the traditional fishermen in Zuari river is in fact bulldozing of interests of STs and OBCs. This also means coming face-to-face with reality that Ministry of Fisheries has been working against the interest of ST and OBC in this matter on the banks of Zuari River. This form of racial discrimination practiced by Goa Government and Hotel Grand Hyatt needs open public acknowledgement and then mitigation. Failing on this part could snow ball into intensified tensions.

You are therefore advised to take immediate measures of cancelling permissions granted for water sports and speed boats and stop Hotel Grand Hyatt from operating their water sports boats and stop war against traditional fishermen.

2.   Trawling inside the Zuari River is causing great harm to the fisheries. Trawling inside rivers is banned by law and you are advised to implement the ban and stop this practice so deeply dangerous to sustenance of fishing by traditional fishermen. Trawling is allowed only 5 kms away from the beach inside Arabian Sea.
3.   We also noted that there is completely unsustainable fishing practice known as mini Purse seining currently in vogue in Zuari river. This is carried on by fishing vessels that are technologically equipped with under water cameras. The mini Purse seining fishing has already caused body blow to sustainable fisheries as the species of fish is destroyed completely with this mode of fishing. This commands immediate attention and action. You are advised to stop this on priority.

We want to let you know that Whites while taking control of America from the Red Indians resorted to mass hunting of the animals that Red Indians used to consume for living. Chief Seattle’s speech is rich in these expressions. It was a racist strategy by which Whites invaded American indigenous people. We are indigenous people of India and same racist warfare strategy has been deployed to destroy us by disrupting our traditional fishing in Zuari River through the above three points namely Water sports, trawling and Mini Purse seining.

Awaiting your positive response for the cause of humanity, ecology and sustainable fisheries,

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,


         Sd/-

Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State Unit



          Sd/-
Rahul Gawas
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Tiswadi Taluka unit



         Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mutkti Morcha, Cacra unit




           Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim unit



           Sd/-
Soccoro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao unit



           Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Curca Unit



        Sd/-
Sitaram Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Odxel Unit



       Sd/-
Milind Palkar

Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Nauxi unit

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