Sunday, 14 February 2016

Marina objections before Goa State Pollution Control Board



11th February 2016
To,
The Chairman,
Goa State Pollution Control Board,
Panjim, Goa

Subject: Objections to granting of Consent to operate and Consent to Establish to Kargwal Construction Pvt Ltd, Mumbai and Yacht Heaven (Goa) Pvt Ltd, Vasco in Zuari River
Sir,
We have read media reports that Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) is in the process of granting Consent to operate and Consent to Establish under the Air Act and Water Act. We read in press that this issue was discussed in the 119th meeting of the GSPCB held on January 28, 2016.
We have studied the information submitted in Form I by both the marinas project proponents and after studying the matter arrived at the conclusion that if marinas are set up in Zuari then there will be substantial aggression on fishing spaces. Moreover MPT has arbitrarily claimed jurisdiction over Zuari river in May 2000 with an notification from Union Ministry of Shipping. Not even Goa Government was consulted before taking this decision.

Further you must note that in the two lease deeds signed with above referred two marinas in October 2010 Fishermen are not even acknowledged to have been existing. It has safeguarded only the interest of mining companies by including special clause safeguarding movement of barges during marinas construction and post construction phase.
MPT has leased out over 2,50,000 sq.mts of river between two low tide lines on shore in North and South of Zuari. Over Few hundred fishermen carry on the fishing activities in this river and support their livelihood. We are surprised that you without consulting all the fishermen has been conducting affairs relating to Zuari River Marinas.

We must fore – inform you that this aggression is second aggression on the livelihood of these people who are carrying on fishing in Zuari specially from Nauxim, Cacra, Odxel, Bambolim areas. Most of these people were never into fishing till Goa University was set up and the tribals cultivating horticulture were displaced occupationally. They had no place to cultivate and hence made transition as fishermen. People who carry on fishing are from Madkai, Aggassaim, Siridao, Cortalim, Sancoale, Chicalim, Vasco, Dona Paula, Caranzalem, Odxel, Cacra, Nauxim, Bambolim etc. The situation of these fishermen along with others is already volatile as traditional fishermen are facing problems from trawlers, mini per seining, and water sports. While these are being battled tooth and nails,  marinas is the biggest threats to fishermen of all these and we urge you not to grant any permissions in the form of Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate under Air Act and Water Act.

Just for the sake of serving high-end tourists you must not push traditional fishermen towards dead-end. Marinas are doing exactly this. There is no security and safety to fishing from marinas. It fact it seeks to violently stop it through the sheer nature of its existence and activities.

We call upon your office not to grant Consent to Operate and Consent to Establish under Air Act and Water Act. We object the construction of two Marinas in Zuari River and has already communicated our objections to various authorities including MPT.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

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Maggie Silveira
President,
Goa State Unit

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Sanjay Pereira
Convener,
Cacra unit

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Rohidas Andrade
Convener,
Bambolim unit

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Soccoro Braganza
Convener,
Siridao Unit

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Anthony Cardozo
Convener,
Curca Unit

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Sitaram Pereira
Convener,
Odxel Unit

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Milind Palkar
Convener,
Nauxi unit

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Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Siridao Unit

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Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor
Odxel Unit

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Honu Dinkar,
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit

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Deu Kankonkar
Secretary,
Nauxi Unit

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Bikaro Dias
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit

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Yeshwant Shirodkar,
Co-convener,
Odxel Unit

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Manguesh Sawant,
Co-convener,
Odxel unit

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Amir Mardolkar,
Co-convener,
Nauxim Unit

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Francis Coelho,
Co-convener,
Nauxim Unit

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Dulba Pereira,
Co-convener,
Cacra Unit

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Santosh Gauns,
Co-convener,
Cacra Unit

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Sheila D’mello,
Co-convener
Cacra Unit

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Santosh Kukalkar,
Co-convener
Cacra unit

Copy to:
(1) Mr. Vishnu Wagh, MLA St.Andre constituency

(2) Mrs. Alina Saldanha, MLA, Cortalim Constituency

(3) Sarpanch, Curca-Bambolim Panchayat

(4) Sarpanch, Sirdidao Panchayat

(5) Sarpanch Agasaim Panchayat

(6) Sarpanch, Cortalim Panchayat

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Press Release in support of Nestle Contract Workers Union



11th February 2016

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) extends support and solidarity to Nestle Contract Workers Union (NCWU) based at Maulingem, Bicholim. For the past few months BMM has been interacting with NCWU ever since they shifted their agitation in Panjim. BMM is concerned about targeting of Union Leadership in fabricated manner in order to suppressed workers Union activities. BMM has identified that two of the dedicated and talented leaders of the NCWU Anand B. Shirodkar and Sandesh Gawas are placed on suspension. Workers had formed NCWU on 27/11/2012. Details of the background and fantastic union activities are listed accessible from our blog http://bharatmukti.blogspot.in/2015/12/how-contract-workers-at-nestle-bicholim.html?m=0

Our investigation has revealed that Nestle has 8 contractors that supply labour to the factory in Maulingem. One of this S.P.Enterprises has suspended Anand B. Shirodkar while another one M/s Harsh Security and Labour supply services has suspended Sandesh Gawas. Though workers has filed complaint before labour commissioner placing various issues for resolution on 24th June 2013 and number of hearings has gone by ever since. However refusal of the Nestle management to co-operate by their presence has left the issue unresolved. Even the requests from the Goa labour commissioners to remain present for the hearings has not been honored by Nestle management citing the reasons that they are not involved in master – servant relationship with the contract workers. However involvement of Nestle is revealed from the fact that both the Union leaders Anand B. Shirodker and Sandesh Gawas were placed on suspension on the same date of 23/8/2013. One does not need rocket science to guess that this has been done to prevent labour awakening and unionization, and spreading of Union activities and not for cited reasons of criminal behavior and absenteeism from work.
This is a very sad reality of Goa’s industrialization. Innovative forms are deployed for the purpose of labour exploitation with legal immunity for prosecution. Contractors in collaboration with Nestle Company through these practices are involved in the process of mutilation and disintegration disguised as development.  BMM considers what is happening to NCWU as symptomatic of industrial scenario of Goa – rampant labour exploitation through contract labour with exploitation as a package. If Goa Government labour Ministry cannot get Nestle to discussion table then it must change its name as Ministry of Slavery.

Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President

10 years of Vanxim sale: Call for transparency



11th February 2016

It was on this day of February 11 in 2006 that Vanxim was sold by keeping people of Vanxim in dark. Today this dark day completes 10 years ever since Goa Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao carried on this criminal act. Procurators of the Goa Diocese Fr.Arlino de Mello and Fr.Victor Rodrigues collaborated to implement this fraud in various ways. While Fr. Arlino de Mello signed on sale deed on behalf of the Archbishop Ferrao in immoral manner, Fr. Victor Rodrigues made sure that this immorality flourishes and blossoms through his letter dated 10/11/2009 to Mahendra Gaunekar. 10 years later today the Archbishop Ferrao and his team instead of apologizing and correcting the wrongs committed has gone on propaganda overdrive. In this light we call upon the Archbishop to make transparent documents of Vanxim sale as follows:

1.    All the letters from Tenants Association of Vanxim written in the decade of 1990s that Archbishop and his team claims to have a hand in sale of Vanxim by granting NOC to sell Vanxim. Who are the signatories of these letters? 

2.    All the letters sent to Vatican from the Goa Archbishop and his team seeking permissions to sell Vanxim as per requirements of Canon 1291. And all the letters granting permissions to sell Vanxim received from Vatican.

3.    All the reports as per Canon 1292 must be made public. They are the consent reports and minutes from the financial council of the Goa Diocese and the College of Consultors and the experts that gave their advice to sell Vanxim.

4.    Names of those constituted financial council of the Goa Diocese that took decision on Vanxim, Names of those constituted College of Consultors and the names of Experts who recommended sale of Vanxim in entirety. All this needed as per Canon 1292.

5.    What is the actual total amount and where the money gone from Vanxim sale?

6.    Documents of gift of Vanxim to Santa Monica and the obligations attached to be fulfilled. Which year Vanxim was handed over to Santa Monica Convent? Who did this? For what reason?

1971 synod of bishop acknowledged that for the church to speak about justice, it must first be just.

Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President