GOEMCHE LOKAMCHO AWAAZ

“UNITED FOR MOTHER GOA”

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GOEMCHE LOKAMCHO AWAAZ 

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INTRODUCTION

 After the Liberation of Goa from the Portuguese Rule, all Goans had high hopes relating to an all-round development of Goa, even as soon after its liberation the ultimate power for its development from thence rested in the hands of Goan people. Accordingly,  the various Governments were elected to function and fulfill Goa’s aspirations through proper quality governance for Goa’s all-round development.

However, as years of Goa’s Governance passed by, every successive elected Government of Goa had intentionally involved in corrupt practices in all the major areas of governance. In the process of such disgusting governance, we witnessed that successive Governments only destroyed Goa`s pristine environment, coastal ecology; and, further we also next witnessed deteriorating law and order situation as a whole, without any provision for improvement in socio-economic conditions of the Goan public and the Goan political system at large.

Eventually, poor governance wherein things were only getting really bad, if not worse, prompted or forced a number of people, as concerned Citizens of Goa, to conclude that the time was ripe to take measures in their own hands, lawfully, in order to protect the interests of all Goans by involving in and engaging themselves in all areas of Governance. Thus, concerned Goans saw the need to come forward to protect Goa as a whole from its further destruction and to work for restoration of environmental and ecological imbalance created by unwarranted and uncontrolled haphazard development carried out without giving heed to the ongoing degradation of environment.

The bulk of these concerned Goan people are none other than those staunch social activists who have been fighting, all along, against all sorts of illegalities and corrupt practices by successive Governments in the State of Goa. The aggrieved public in particular were the victims of poor governance with intent to destabilize and create disturbance among the Goans, thereby causing loss of Goa`s revenue in the bargain. A host of new socio-political as well as environmental problems have cropped up needing immediate attention by all Goans concerned to protect Goa from being further brutally destroyed.

At the cost of repeating, it is to be told that in the recent past, we have seen several issues, rather social evils, plaguing Goa. These core troubling unresolved issues or problems include Illegal Mining, Regional Plan, Mopa Airport, MoI, Casinos, IPB, Drugs and flesh trade, etc. which the successive governments have miserably failed to solve, thereby leading to direct huge losses of revenue, complete disturbance and divisive unrest among the Goans, illegal developmental and business activities, environmental pollution and social unrest, further aggravated by acute shortage of land for Goans, who are the original native inhabitants of Goa.

The time is now ripe for all Goans to wake up and take seriously what is actually at stake here, in the tiny State of Goa. Accordingly, concerned Goans, comprising of a committed group of like-minded staunch social activists, have come together to provide a unifying platform for the people of Goa to come forth and help restore Goa to its original, beautiful, peaceful  land that it was always known for in the yesteryears, even as it was before its complete destruction in the hands of our erstwhile and present corrupt politicians.

PROACTIVE SOCIAL GROUP

Founder Members of UFGoa

Founder Members of:”United for             Mother Goa” – From Left to Right: Airis Passanha, Wendell Rodricks, Prajal Sakhardande, Judith B. Almeida Suraj DaCosta, Joaozinho SFA Martins

A few like-minded concerned Citizens of Goa felt that it was necessary that all the honest, sincere and committed Social Activists should come forward and take Goa’s Governance in their hands and play a more prominent pro-active role through governance. After all, these Social Activists are those very few who have dedicated their lives for social causes in various fields; and, as such, these committed social activists have decided and have come forward and rededicated to work themselves for the larger interest of protecting Mother Goa and even next, eventually, involve themselves directly in the governance of Goa as a whole as there remains no other option.

Undoubtedly, with their much and varied experience in the legal and other related aspects of various issues plaguing Goa, these Activists can be a guiding force working towards restoring Goa in all areas of development and solving all issues which are created during the course of poor governance by the successive governments. Bad governance all along has created unnecessary differences among the Goans thus leading to derailment of peace and social and peaceful co-existence. This group will aim to unify Goans and work for eco-social change in the life of Goans as a whole, with an eye to restore Goa`s lost heritage and culture.

This unique Social Group formed and dubbed “United for Mother Goa”, consists and is restricted solely to those Goans  genuinely committed to Gandhian Principles of non-violence and peaceful good governance; as such, it is dedicated to fight for the noble cause of Mother Goa under the banner of “Goemche Lokamcho Awaaz” with one voice.

NEED for a Drastic Political Change in GOA

As we all know very well, in order to bring about a political change through proper exercise of our franchise at the forthcoming elections in 2017, the only way now left to Goans is by their electing credible Candidates, capable of forming  a Government which is truly and sincerely committed to fulfilling Goan peoples’ aspirations.  With that worthwhile objective in mind, this Social Group will continuously work to educate the Goan masses as a whole in all areas of life, and motivate them to join hands with the people of this Group who have rededicated themselves to protect Mother Goa from further destruction.

To achieve their noble Goal, this Social Group will support and work for the success of its qualified Members to contest at the forthcoming elections 2017. To achieve their Objectives, the Group will likewise eventually support and work for the formation of a viable Political Party, solely comprised of members of this Social Group having mass following and sound skills for good governance. The need for a Regional Political Party is undeniable and the same foregoing idea or objective has solely evolved as a result of collective appraisal of the total non-performance and corrupt practices in all areas of current governance by all the political parties which have been thus far involved in forming successive governments in the State of Goa, ever since its Liberation.

Moreover, we do not find any credible and honest politicians in the current political parties of our present political dispensation in Goa. We find these Parties are only hell-bent in developing their party bases without ever giving any heed to the critical issues plaguing Goa. Instead, Goans are simply taken for a ride by giving vague examples of their so-called achievements and developmental works. But, sincere Goans who are sacrificing their time in supporting existing Political Party systems should understand their corrupt mentality and know why the staunch Social Activists have not joined hands and or left after knowing the internal coterie formation which will only further destroy Goa`s fabric leading to our utter ruin.

Talk about Good Governance in Goa, we are left feeling confused. As for the BJP, we all know their motives and there is no need to talk about it. Next, is the Congress… the fact that we brought the BJP government to power speaks volumes as to why the Congress too is not required here … they are the two sides of the same coin. As for other regional parties, they don’t seem to be putting the efforts to make the mark to win any election.

What about AAP? 

Whenever the Goan Electorate voted to power the Congress and BJP, as National Parties, and empower for good governance, it was solely with the utmost hope and expectation of corruption-free governance; more so, in protecting Goa’s Cultural Identity as well as its Bio-diversity. However, no sane mind in Goa will fail to acknowledge to our shame that the elected Governments of the day, each in its turn, took the electorate for granted, and forgot their empty political rhetoric and promises and left the Goan people feeling fooled and betrayed. Of this crude fact, no one is ignorant of, so as to blindly deny the same as a painful reality; only the dumb voters will overlook such a painful reality and still be willing to blindly vote dumb politicians of either Congress or BJP to power, all over again.

How about AAP? Is It really the Only Viable Option at the Election 2017?

Undoubtedly, wise voters in Goa, being fully aware of the abysmal failure of the Congress and BJP Governments in Goa to govern Goa efficiently and effectively, are now looking to AAP, being a National Party, to come to Goa’s rescue by gaining power in the elections 2017 and thus to govern Goa. However, even now it is obvious that AAP in Goa is already plagued with elements who’s only Goal is to ruin Goa. As such, AAP fares no better than BJP and Congress.

If that conclusion about AAP be not appropriate, then why should we support AAP, after all? What kind of issues have AAP taken up that are so crucial to the welfare of Goans? Why aren’t issues like the Mopa Airport, Casinos, Special Status, MoI, etc. aren’t being taken up and discussed as being essential? If AAP brand is here to protect the interests of Goa and Goans, do they really need experts to decide that Casinos are beneficial to any Society? Or, whether illegal structures should be supported or not and for whom? Besides what were they doing since the last Lok Sabha elections? Why were they sleeping? These and related questions when put forth to AAP leadership in Goa, have always been discouraged and or coolly ignored, and for the same reasons Social Activists have been sidelined by the AAP leadership in Goa. The wise Goan voter is really facing a dilemma.

Also note the fact, that one top official of AAP, who is the main observer and appointed to consider AAP’s functioning in the Goa State, is known to state that Social Activists do what they do, merely for a ‘feel good factor’.  Now, how can we trust them? We definitely don’t believe when they seek us it is only to build the AAP party base first, and that next, only then, they tell us, they will take the real Goan issues. There is no transparency in the AAP party right from the grass root level workers to the top, although their party ideology states otherwise.

Some other major issues are also affecting Goa. These issues are of our primary concern for protecting our unique culture and identity, as well. Goa is slowly losing its hold through the accumulation of more and more non-Goans which do threaten our unique Identity that defines our uniqueness as native Goans. Next of concern, are the Communidade lands that are at stake, given the greed of the Builders’ lobby. No Government wants to follow Communidade land laws, nor does AAP consider an issue worth their attention. Goa has exceeded its carrying capacity. Goans are now being gradually outnumbered.

All of the above pertinent reasons should prompt concerned Goan voters to elect to power a Government that is nobly committed to promote the welfare of Goans. And, since there is no Regional or National Party that can be judiciously trusted by the Goan electorate, our Social Group, even Mother Goa, has been prompted to rise to the surface to encourage Social Activists to play a proactive role  by contesting and in getting elected and form the next Government in Goa and deliver the goods efficiently and effectively. If not, let our ailing Mother Goa perish and let our children and future generations suffer for our callousness and downright negligence. God forbid it!!!

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# SOME RELEVANT SOCIAL CONCERNS #

Prof. PRAJAL SAKHARDANDE & Dr. CLAUDE ALVARES

ADDRESSING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON 17TH AUGUST 2016

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[1] – DRAFT REGIONAL PLAN

(Mr. EDGAR RIBEIRO)

GOA’S FIGHT FOR REGIONAL PLAN  

Regional Plan for Goa – RPG-21 needs to be scrapped. The New Government will have to formulate a new Regional Plan with the active people’s participation involving every Village Ward-wise committees. For any participatory process at the Panchayat level to have its effectiveness, incorporation of the 73 rd  and 74th Constitutional Amendments in the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 will have to be done as soon as the new Government is formed. Also, compulsory preparation of Annual Development Plan by all the Village Panchayats will have to be ensured so as to find a legitimate place in the new Regional Plan as well as in self-governance at the Village level, through official or legislative empowerment of the Village Gram Sabhas.

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[2] “GOENCHI MATI MOVEMENT

{Dr. CLAUDE ALVARES – Environmental Social Activist }

#  THE STATE OF MINING IN GOA – GOA FOUNDATION #

CURBING ILLEGAL MINING #

 

 GOA FOUNDATION filed a Case relating to Goa mining illegalities in the Supreme Court. Apart from declaring Goa mining as illegal from 2007 to 2012, the Supreme Court ordered to form permanent Goache Matichem Fund and to deposit 10% of profit in this fund from fresh mining in Goa. Also, there is a need to recover the money from the miners for the period of illegal mining activities. [We need to form an autonomous body to look after the fund and also to recover the money from the companies during the period of illegal mining. For the sake of security, we need sincere people to run the government]. Only if we have committed people on board, we will succeed in getting the money back which can be deposited in secure funds and returns of which can be distributed among the people as dividend. 

 

[3]  ENGLISH as MEDIUM of INSTRUCTION

(Mr. SAVIO LOPES

ENGLISH as MEDIUM of INSTRUCTION by CHOICE #

English being universal language, it is a fundamental right and freedom of every child to have education of one’s individual choice. In that context, we should not only support MOI but go to every nook and corner of North Goa and to all other areas of diverse and divisive mindset and thereupon educate our fellow Goans the need for learning in English. This doesn’t mean Konkani, which is our Mother Tongue, will be neglected; certainly,it cannot be neglected (Read:> Primary Education in the Mother Tongue ). Our focus is on helping our children be fluent in a language which can help them thrive socially and economically in any English speaking country. As such, an open debate with the Goan people as to why they should support MOI.

Also Visit:> 1] FORCE to BBSM

And [2] :>  DEMAND FOR ENGLISH as MoI

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[4] SPECIAL STATUS for GOA

(Mr. WENDELL RODRICKS)

Regarding the DEMAND for SPECIAL STATUS for GOA , the issue will be taken up with the Central Government for its consideration of the need of recognizing Goa`s unique identity

The government has cheated us on special status. That’s why the youth have come out on the streets. We want special status under Article 371(i) of the Constitution. We want unchecked migration to stop. Jobs should be given to qualified Goans first. We want sale of land to people from other states to stop. Konkani should be made compulsory,” states, Prajal Sakhardande in the “Citizens Demand Special Status for Goa

The new Government will have to frame special laws, rules and regulations to protect and prevent wholesale destruction of land and environment in Goa. However, neither BJP nor the Congress Governments will ever work obtaining Special Status for Goa given their utter failure all along. Those United for Mother Goa should now nominate and support its own Independent Candidates in the Elections 2017  eventually forming a New Regional Party and subsequently work towards securing Special Status for Goa.

For Further Details about the Movement to Demand Special Status for Goa,

DO Visit:>

(1):>  SPECIAL STATUS for GOA is the Need of the Hour by PRAJAL SAKHARDANDE

(2) :> GOA’S MOVEMENT for SPECIAL STATUS – YOUTH WING

(3):> Meeting on SPECIAL STATUS for GOA in TORONTO

(4):>  BJP Reluctant to Fulfill Special Status Promise

Other Related Issues

Visit Wendell Rodricks re:> GOA’S COCONUT TREE CONTROVERSY

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[5] DABOLIM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

(Fr. EREMITO REBELO)

Fr. EREMITO on DABOLIM AIRPORT  #

MOVEMENT AGAINST SECOND AIRPORT #

GOA AIRPORT at DABOLIM  needs to be upgraded to the fullest extent, even by acquiring additional land within the proximity of the existing airport. Next, by conducting a proper study before the period of saturation of the airport area, we will have to plan for a viable alternative after taking all the stakeholders into proper consideration.

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Textual Information Drafted by:> Ninio Correia  * Edited and Modified with Links for Supportive Information by:> Joaozinho (Johnson) Martins             

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