Saturday, 23 September 2017

Call for comprehensive defence of Goa's rivers

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) calls for comprehensive defence of all the Rivers of Goa, including Tributaries and Catchment areas, as their health is well being of fishermen. BMM notes trends threatening Goa’s rivers and fishing. Declaration of Goa’s six rivers as National Inland Waterways and Sagarmala project are the two major dangers confronting Goa. Both have their origin with Indian government’s Ministry of Shipping headed by Nitin Gadkari. BMM notes that what harm Indian government is intending to do to Goa is already been done by European colonisers in New Zealand towards the natives - the Maoris.

BMM calls upon Fisheries Minister Mr. Palyenkar and Ports Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar to get their mind on the March 2017 law in defence of river Whanaganui passed in the Parliament of New Zealand before major catastrophe unleashes on Goa. After battling for 140 years in March 2017 law known as Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 was passed in which acknowledgment of damage to river and people included. Crown apology has been extended to erecting of Jetties, Clearing of River for Navigation purposes, Control and sale of river gravel and shingle, Acquisition of land on river bank and use of river as “highway”. The National Inland waterways status for Goa’s six rivers and Sagarmala project is a death warrant to fishermen and ecology of Goa through dredging and new Jetty constructions.

Further Goa Government and Central Government with Corporate nexus have colluded to shift Goa’s jurisdiction at National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench from Pune to Delhi. All these three combined coupled with State’s attempts to acquire land for Corporate benefits makes Goa a colony marked for massive intolerable abuse of people and ecology.

Nearly 200 years ago on 01st January 1818 five hundred Indian Mahars soldiers in British Army pulled down rule of Peshwayee in Pune. BMM infers that this memory is the reason India and Goa Government has shifted NGT jurisdiction to Delhi lest it becomes inspiration for Goans to revolt. All this because anti-environment projects are getting stalled? This is cheating. This action will be continuously opposed by fishermen and others like Maoris did in New Zealand. 

Its victory for traditional fishermen in Zuari river!

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) congratulates Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyenkar on effective action taken  to crackdown on illegal fishing in Zuari river based on complaints from traditional fishermen. Mr. Palyenkar on September 08, 2017 acted efficiently and issued note threatening departmental action against the officer concerned and the Director of Fisheries.

This note was followed by recommendation to the State Government suspension of Director of Fisheries Shamila Monteiro on September 14, 2017. Fishermen on Zuari coast from Siridao, Bambolim, Nauxim, Cacra, and Odxel has been petitioning Department of Fisheries from 2013 onwards on various issues threatening Fishing in Zuari but department did not act. In fact Shamila Monteiro’s tenure as Director of Fisheries is marked with series of U-turns.  She worked very hard to cancel the fuel subsidies of traditional fishermen. Subsidies must be retained back. Her illegalities are huge and she should never be allowed back to harass the traditional fishermen as enough is enough for what she did from 2014 till her suspension in 2017.

She repeatedly played pranks on traditional fishermen with regard to Patrol boats to stop illegal fishing. It was on regular basis that Patrol boats from the Fisheries department as well as from marine police were highly irresponsible to function in spite of repeated phone calls from the traditional fishermen.

Mr.Vinod Palyekar, Minister for Fisheries and WRD has proved in action to understand the Zuari river. He has demonstrated that he is responsible to root out prevailing corruption from Fisheries department and provide Justice to traditional Fishermen. This trend of Mr. Vinod Palyenkar is highly appreciated by the traditional fishermen.

BMM maintains that performance of current Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyenkar is better than his predecessor Avertano Furtado who betrayed traditional fishermen in river Zuari.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

"Vanxim sobit naum" konkani song that beautifies island


Amcho dactulo gaum Vanxim sobit naum,
Borla fulanim
Chedde-Chedvam distai attac-atu galun
Bossun dokeari.


April Mai moineant
Eat Vanxeri
Marta Xitol varem, eun thuim dokear bosxem
Saudico borem


Sobit sundor Igorze Festo Janeran
Saiba Santus Cristachem
Milagrincho Khuris, Kortat Angouneo
Pettoun Vatti.


Uzvad noketrancho, pormoll fulancho
Mog bhau-bhoinacho
Zantim-nentim poram khosen sartat horam
Corun gaenan

Composed by 

Late L.F. Silveira sometime before 1975. In 1975 January feast was shifted to May while dock was already constructed well before that time with shipping as travel medium to Panjim.

Goa's fishing dispute touches Agassaim MLA?

According to information just received large number of trawler owners have assembled today 20th September 2017 at from 11.30 am onward at the residence of Agassaim MLA Francis Silveira asking for his intervention to allow trawlers share in fishing in Zuari in violation of law. 

Francis Silveira called up one of the fishermen on Zuari coast to ask whether they are willing to share river to allow illegal trawler fishing in Zuari. Traditional Fishermen has strictly refused to let trawlers carry on illegal fishing in Zuari river. BMM appreciates MLA Silveira's decision to phone and consult traditional fishermen on this issue.

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) calls upon Agassaim MLA Francis Silveira not to get carried away into supporting illegal and ecologically dangerous fishing in Zuari within 5 kilo meters from the coast as per existing law and ban on trawling in rivers of Goa including night fishing.

It may be recalled that earlier this month in rare and courageous act Goa Fisheries minister Vinod Paliekar cracked down on rampant illegal fishing in zuari and placed director of Fisheries Dr. Shamila Monteiro on suspension . Click here for links. BMM supports this action of Goa Fisheries Minister.

Trawling is well known for causing depletion of fishing grounds and wastage. This has been well captured by Bikram Dasgupta's poem "The Mackerel and the Sea Birds". Click here for links.

BMM is opposed to illegal fishing in Zuari violating existing laws that define the distance from the shore, technique of fishing and size of fishing nets with no compromise on long term sustainability of Zuari river as fishing venue for traditional fishing.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Call to uproot all Reliance Jio towers in Goa

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM), Goa Unit has taken note of disturbing behaviour of corportate entity Reliance Jio involved in installing mobile tower in Navelim, Salcete. BMM extends support and solidarity to People of Navelim and calls for the uprooting of all the mobile towers of Reliance JIO in Goa as they are installed with short circuited permissions from Goa State government without public consultation with affected population. Goa government has no facility to monitor radiation emissions from mobile towers. Reliance owned by Ambanis that own this corporate has acquired gross power over political system of India and that has led to the corroding of nation's soul. Lord Acton said more than century ago "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Reliance mobile towers are for the surveillance ends obsessed by control over public. We reproduce statement dated September 11, 2017 on this issue from Navelim Civic and Consumer Forum in public interest to combat current principle of ruling elites of India: Sab ke Sath Sab ka Vinash, सब के साथ सब का विनाश
: with every one destruction is a must! 

(For Flag icon thanks to Joules Themudo)

Navelim Civic & Consumer Forum condemns the action of Reliance Jio for filing false FIRs against respectable and diligent villagers of Navelim who have time and again objected to illegal digging of roads without proper permissions from Authorities and that too beyond midnight.

Reliance JIO is openly venting out their frustrations to blackmail the villagers, so that the villagers will fear and back out and they can go ahead to install their towers where ever they want. NCCF vehemently condemns the use of Police machinery to intimidate those who oppose the illegal Road digging. Government has banned road digging of any kind and is not allowed till the end of Monsoons. Even those seeking water connections are made to wait.

On the contrary Reliance JIO has trespassed into the tarred Parking Lot for the Rosary Higher Secondary School on many earlier occasions. Recently some Villagers, while returning home at about 1.30 am, noticed some workers digging on the road. When questioned, it was noticed that the workers are from Reliance JIO. They immediately dialed 100 and called the Police. The Police Patrolling Van which reached the site, instead of immediately arresting the Jio workers digging the road in the middle of the night, took the names of the villagers, including those that joined later, selectively. The area where they were digging the road, was just fortnight back tarred and soling was done. 

The blanket license which Jio produces in fact states that Jio has to approach the local bodies for local permission. In addition the statues committee on road digging under District Collector has to give permission and this committee has to monitor and prepare reports every fortnight. No such thing is done. A couple of years ago NCCF had complained against Jio for cutting and damaging a bridge at Aquem-Baixo, but no action was taken. NCCF wonders why this special treatment for Jio.

Recently to a query from Village Panchayat Navelim, the Dy. Town Planners has clarified that if work of installing towers involves concreting, than permission from TCP Dept. is also required. None of this is done by Jio. Also there were no signboards at the site, mentioning the name of the company doing the work nor any safety barricades even though it was done at night time. There was no police bandobast to regulate the traffic at the Junction where there is enough traffic even at night.

NCCF request that the Police do not succumb to political pressure and do justice to the Navelim villagers. If Jio wants to pursue with this false complaint, then the villagers will be compelled to start a campaign to boycott Jio.

Great action from Goa Fisheries Minister on Zuari illegal fishing

After repeated letters of complaints and direct phone calls Minister of Fisheries Vinod Palyekar cracked a whip against Director of Fisheries on September 08, 2017. Strangely one who was protecting illegal fishing is Director of Fisheries herself. Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) has spoken out consistently in defense of traditional fishermen on the banks of Zuari river. 

BMM appreciates this bold action of Goa Fisheries Minister that will go a long way towards retaining of sustainability of Zuari river ecology as well as fisheries. BMM also places on record gratitude to the Minister of Fisheries for this action.

There is a need for complete clean up of the Department of Fisheries with Judicial investigations as to why Director of Fisheries Dr. Shamila Monteiro was protecting illegal fishing over the past three years after identifying those involved in the transgressions. There is a need to asses damage caused to ecology of zuari by permitting illegal trawlers and costs must be recovered from her assets.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Flowing melodrama

Sebastian Rodrigues

Mobile rang, left pocket vibrating. Heart raced into river zuari and strife come alive. Zuari witnessed tensions and clashes of fishing technology and sustainability. Sanjay speaks. Body veins, Fish, Shell dredged. River bed screams. Depth in cry and crisis. 

Sanjay goes in fishing every morning for decade and a half. As a child and father cultivated vegetable in shrubs where today stands Goa University. For the sake of education Sanjay sacrificed living and livelihood. Now dives into Zuari to catch fish that eludes him for too many trawlers, mini-per seiners, casinos, marinas, coal, mining barges and water sports intruders.

Inside room
toddler runs amok 
with razor

Monday, 28 August 2017

Porta de Capao a gate way to resolute resistence against Ozone take over of Vanxim

From the office of the Goa Archbishop to the office of the Deputy Collector in Panjim, Bangalore based company Ozone Propex Private Limited is on its way to becoming East India Company to Vanxim in Mandovi river with entrance at Old Goa. It has created a complex network of support corporate to take over Vanxim with integral links with banks, venture capital, mortgage loans etc. Here Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) has dissections of key links for the sake of public clarity. 

1. Agreement to sale of Vanxim was signed between Mahendra Gaunekar and Fr. Victor C. Rodrigues (on behalf of Archbishop Raul Gonsalves on 09/04/1999. Click here. Agreement concealed address of the Mahendra Gaunekar. If needed Archbishop would sell the land directly to the corporate recommended by Mahendra Gaunekar.

2. In 1995 late Ligorio Silveira filed complaint regarding breach of Vanxim bunds due to corruption in Tenant Association of Vanxim. Click here. Till date government has not attended to this.

3. Fr. Arlino D'mello, on behalf of Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao sold Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunekar in 2006. What was started by Archbishop Raul Gonsalves was completed by Archbishop Neri; both acted in secrecy. Claims of NOC from Vanxim Tenants Association are still unsubstantiated.

4. In 2016 January office of Goa Archbishop made it public that it favoured corporate and created hurdles to grants rights to tenants from 1995. Click here.

5.  Mahendra Gaunekar got into eight more sale deeds between 2006 and 2008 to buy off paddy fields of Vanxim. Click here.

6. In 2009 Joint Development Agreement signed between Mahendra Gaunekar and his wife Sonali with various concerns of Ozone corporate. Its recorded that after selling paddy fields Archbishop will facilitate take over of residential areas in Vanxim all together 180 acres. Click here. This process has started. Legal relationship of lease from Santa Monica is forced to be cancelled and new relationship of sale at high economic cost is pushed through on many. Corporate Ozone will decide affairs of Vanxim. In other words Vanxim will function as SEZ.

7. In 2010 vanxim scam came to light as some people were called to sign papers at Bicholim Mamlatdar's office and offered cash. Revolt begins.

8. People began to receive letters from Deputy Collector at Panjim as Mahendra Gaunekar filed for negative declarations to change land records. Fr. Victor Rodrigues facilitated this process with his notorious letter. Click here. Number of people were dragged to court into litigation. Forced to pay lawyers. Those who compromised corporate paid up lawyers fees.

9. Around 2010 Ozone took over one abandoned hotel on Mandovi baks at Old Goa near North Goa MP Shripad Naik residence (and least bothered about Vanxim food insecutity due to paddy fields submergence) and designed it as "Porta de Capao", this is in Portuguese which means "Starting Point of Capao". It is designed for super rich of the world. Click here.

10. On June 08, 2017 this hotel construction got sanction of 15 crore loan recommendation from ICRA. The documents terms OLRPL as a special purpose vehicle (SVP) of Ozone group. OLRPL stands for Ozone Leisure and Resorts Private Limited that plans to develop a large scale luxury villa-cum-resort project on Vanxim isalnd. OLRPL is 100% held by Ozone Propex Private Limited. It has tie up with Hyatt group in Bnagalore and Coorg hotels. Vasudevan Sathyamoorthy is its Chairman. Click here.

11. Directors of Ozone Propex Private Limited are Rajeev Bhandari, Vasudevan Sathyamoorthy, Chandanmal Pukhraj Bothra, Bittal Mangilal Singhi and Ozone Propex Private Limited's Corporate Identification Number is (CIN) U74210KA2004PTC035015 and its registration number is 35015.Its Email address is and its registered address is No.38,Ulsoor Road Bangalore 560042 Bangalore KA 560042 I. Click here.  

12. This Ozone Propex from Bangalore has set up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Ozone Leisure and Resorts Private Limited (OLRPL) and are located in Campal, Panjim and press refers them as Goa based company. They have kept their Bangalore parental connections hidden. Click here. OLRPL has listed two companies as their partners namely HDFC Property Fund, and Urban Infrastructure Opportunities Fund.

13. HDFC Property Fund is 100% subsidiary of HDFC Ltd. Click here.

14. HDFC Ltd's stands for Housing and Development Finance Corporation Limited. It has 11 Board of directors with Deepak S. Parekh as Chairman, Keki M. Mistry as Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Click here

15. HDFC Ltd also have HDFC Bank with 12 board of directors. Click here.  

16. The Second Partner of OLRPL is Urban Infrastructure Opportunities Fund. Synopsis of this fund reveals names of its prominent investors as Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), State Bank of India, ICICI and Axis Bank. They have 4 board of directors: Anand Jain - Chairman, Parag Parekh, MD and CEO, P Krishnamurthy and SS Thakur are Directors. Click here

17.  Anand Jain is deeply involved with Reliance and SEZs in various parts of India. Click here. He is a Chairman of Navi Mumbai SEZ Pvt Ltd, Mumbai SEZ Ltd., Reliance Haryana SEZ Ltd. He is the Promoter of two large SEZs near Mumbai. Mr. Jain, ex-trustee of the Mumbai Port Trust and JNPT is also a Director in Rewas Port Limited, a Greenfield US $1.3 billion mega scale port development project near Mumbai. The port would serve as a primary gateway for the twin mega SEZs coming up in its vicinity. He was also the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in Mumbai.

18. Parag Parekh is on board of directors of navi Mumbai SEZ. Click here

19. P. Krishnamurthy is too follows the same path. He is a Director on the Board of Navi Mumbai SEZ Ltd. as well as Mumbai SEZ Ltd. Click here.  

With this status of Vanxim, the way of resistance is clear. Fr. Bismarque Dias fought before he was murdered. We carry on the fight, march ahead. Jai Mulnivasi!

Greedy trawlers plunder Zuari river

Reports have poured in about 25 illegal trawlers in Zuari river carrying on illegal fishing from 9.00 am today 28/08/2017. Trawlers are banned by law from carrying on illegal fishing within 5 kms from the coast. Yet with the death of Mathany Saldanha trawlers has regularly breached this limit. 

This has resulted in increased loss of trust in the Goa State's Department of Fisheries who comes across publicly shielding violating trawlers by refraining any action and refusing to station patrolling boat in Zuari river in spite of repeated requests. 

There is directive from Fisheries department against carrying illegal trawler fishing. Click here.

One aspect is clear : Goa Government cares a hoot for Goa's rivers and fishermen, cares a hoot for sustainability and health of Rivers in Goa.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Groups across Goa condemn MoEF move on NGT

21st August 2017

This is to strongly condemn the Ministry of Environment and Forest and government of Goa for attempting to deny Goans access to justice by transforming NGT jurisdiction over Goa from Pune to Delhi. By a recent MOEF notification dated 10th August, Goa has been singled out as the only State in the country whose residents need to go far away to Delhi for Environmental justice, while the residents of other parts of the country are provided access at t he closest place possible.

We represent over 37 organizations from across Goa that came together yesterday to deliberate upon the shocking act of MOEF and to decide a course of action to obtain speedy relief to all Goans. We find that the present Government is progressively taking away all the rights of Goa as a State and that we are  increasingly being treated as a colony of Delhi. Though our Prime Minister spoke about “co-operative federalism” in his Independence Day speech a few days ago, this discriminatory action of MOEF shows the reality to be quite the opposite -  that Goa is treated as a foreign colony by our Government.

Goa is facing unprecedented and unparalleled destruction of Environment and displacement of local communities. As a result, Goa has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of cases before the NGT as compared with other states. Common Goans are forced to go to NGT  to defend their villages and future generations, flooding NGT Pune with matters from Goa. As demonstrated by NGT orders in various matters such as illegal dredging by MPT, the State and Union Government are hand-in-gloves with the private interests destroying Goa and her environment for short term greed. NGT, Pune is now become the last resort of Goans in their struggles to defend their lands and communities. However, the MOEF and Goa Governments have shown malafide intention to deny access to the NGT, since ordinary Goans cannot afford the cost or the time needed to approach NGT, Delhi.

The Hon’ble High Court of Bombay at Goa has taken sou moto cognisance of the MOEF Notification this morning and stayed its operation till 5th September 2017, and we thank the Hon’ble Court profusely for this interim relief. However, the threat to the people from the Government’s malafide intentions must see reason and not only restore the jurisdiction of Pune bench of the NGT over Goan matters, but also correct their attitude towards the people, the environment and the future generations, failing which the people will be forced to remain in a state of war against the destructive forces unleashed upon us.

Monday, 21 August 2017

West is North! India loose sense of direction!

"It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the Natural Environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for all living creatures."
           - The Constitution of India Article 51-A(g)

 Fulfillment of Fundamental Duty

In order to pursue the fulfillment of ones fundamental duty to protect natural environment People of Goa Petitioned National Green Tribunal in Pune. Several disastrous corporate projects were halted at NGT: Tiracol, Siolim Jetty on Chapora River, MPT deadly dredging of Arabian Sea and several more instances.

Corporate chocked up. Money fueled into the coffers of BJP and other Parties were finding unjustifiable in the face of repeated whips from NGT Pune.

Finally bell rang on on the feast of St. Lawrence, Goa roasted on slow burning fire! Goa jurisdiction moved from Pune to Delhi on August 10, 2017 and notified the next day August 11, 2017.

Rise of anti-colonial movement

With a flicker of this decision Goa environment movement stands transformed into anti-colonial movement. Now Goa is a Colony of Delhi - the Capital of India. And Government of India transformed itself from Nationalist to Anti-nationalist government. Protection of natural environment that includes Forests, rivers, lakes, wildlife is a constitutional duty of every citizen. Suddenly this has been challenged with shift in NGT jurisdiction. Indian government instead of making it easier for Public to exercise their constitutional duty has imposed hurdles of geography around their neck. We don't know the exact reason but know the consequences: Chocking Goa to undignified death.

Indian State and the State in Goa has turned tyrannous and democracy is fast evaporating into skies. Ground stands barricaded.

Northern lust

Central government has already taken our rivers and put them under jurisdiction of Inland Waterways Authority of India that is again located in North India at Gurgaon. Noose around Goa People already tightened up due to invasive Aadhaar Card even though most have not even realized. 

Central Government is suffering from crisis of direction. It is unable to distinguish between North and West. So the writing on the wall is clear. One who does not have sense of direction is bound to bang his head on the wall! Central Government status today is somewhat like this. We wonder from where Indian government got this idea to treat Goa as private estate brought as dowry by 16th wife of fancy King?

Goa Invasion

This decision, if not revoked can have very disastrous consequences. In 1961 India invaded Goa and sustained with the Veto from USSR. Pri. Chico Montiero and Kid Boxer raised their voices (and paid price with their liberty) and were arrested tried and sentenced to prison. Pri. Monteiro to Chandigarh jail and Kid Boxer to Nasik Jail. They were then termed anti-nationals and their legacy suppressed. Now if Indian government continues this trend then both of them may well gain in stature as the Freedom Fighters against Indian Imperialism in Goa. In fact Voices are increasing in Goa that 1961 was not a liberation of Goa but an invasion by India. Latest voice is of Jerry Cal's song sung by Olga in Album "Ugdas M Boyeracho". The arrogant behavior of India towards Goa will only be an appetizer to the rise of Kid Boxer and Pri. Chico Mendes from their graves. Kid Boxer's famous verse against Indian Invasion is still cited by those who witnessed his arrest in Mapusa during Tiatr : "tum bhitor sorlai chukon, mottoloi sukonn; durreacho desh pochonam!"

Strange but true: Goa is under Indian invasion. and India is under bamani invasion. Therefore Goa is under Bamani invasion too. Even though we admit it privately and speak of it in whispers, its reality that challenges Goa today : Layers of invasions on our Geography and our Psyche. urgent combat needed.

MoEF corrupt

Manohar Parrikar publicly declared few years ago that corruption in Ministry of Environment and Forest is rampant and their officials are known to collect money bags from mining companies in exchange for granting of Environmental Clearances. It is likely that huge money bags has crossed into MoEF officials and proved Manohar Parrikar correct. Here is link to Manohar Parrikar's confident assertion on corruption in MoEF. 

CBI probe on the process followed in this West to North India episode of Goa will be helpful.In the meanwhile Goa Bench of Bombay High Court has stayed MoEF descision till September 05, 2017 when the matter will come up for the hearing.

Greed takes over fishing in Zuari

Reports reaching from Siridao-Cacra coast indicate that there is complete failure of Fisheries department mechanism to check illegal fishing in Zuari. Daily basis over the past five days there are around 20 trawlers and around 50 mini per seine boats fishing very close to the coast. Both these are banned to carry on fishing withing five kilometers of the coast. Here is a letter from Fisheries department to trawlers. Click here for links. Similarly here is the Fisheries department letter to the mini per seine boats on illegal fishing. Click here for links.

Greed has taken over fishing practices and sustainability has flown out of window. Traditional fishermen are at the receiving end of this aggression. These fishermen are located in Siridao, Bambolim, Nauxim, Cacra, Odxel, Dona Paula, Caranzalem etc.

Trawlers daily enter Zuari at around 4.00 pm and carry on disastrous fishing scrapping river bed till late at 11.00 pm night very close to Cacra to Siridao shores.