26 Gram Panchayats from Goa’s mining belt have approached the Indian Supreme Court with an interlocutory application(IA) seeking impleadment in Goa Mining Case. The delegation has accused the NGO named Goa Foundation for being responsible for stopping mining, the source of employment for the people of Goa. Mining in Goa was stopped 28 months back and now a fresh plea demanding impleadment has been placed. A large number of families in Goa are surviving under huge borrowings, savings, alternative small-scale temporary jobs, etc. and have reached collapsing state of affairs.
“We, the Panchayats are real representatives of the local people in the mining belt from Goa. The NGO Goa Foundation are not the people’s representatives. The NGO’s actions have put people in distress as they object to mining without any regard to employment and livelihood opportunities for Goans. We have decided to now approach the Supreme Court to get justice for our people. People in the mining belt are suffering for last 8 years and the basic livelihood sustenance has been inconsistent for quite a long time. Our representation in the Supreme Courts will be to expedite the hearings of the current cases pending and pave a practical way to restart mining which we understand is a currently a deadlock on legal issues.” added Sandeep Prabhu Pauskar, Sarpanch, Village Sanvordem.
Swati Gawas Tilve, Sarpanch, Village Dharbandora said,”We all are local Goan people thus makes it imperative that mining activities in the state should be resumed immediately. The Consistent cry of people to resume livelihood can yield results only with the supportive intervention of State and the Central Government. We will not leave any stone unturned and have even approached the Supreme Court. We are only praying for justice for our livelihood as we are suffering for many years”
In 2014, Goa Foundation filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the mining activities. The present impasse of mining stoppage coupled by the lockdown of Covid-19 which has further worsened out the situation of Goans with all certainties of any kind of livelihood resumption.