Saturday, August 29, 2009

GOAMAP condemns Union ministry of Environment and Forest

Goa Federation of mines Affected People (GOAMAP) strongly condemns Indian Central Government's Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for lavishly granting Environmental Clearances to mining companies.

GOAMAP charges MoEF of gross corruption and malpractices to favour the mining companies that are committed to Goa's ecocide - mass destruction of its nature and livelihood support systems of the People of Goa.

The case of Sarvona mining case that has come into focus wherein Environment Clearance was granted even before Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study was completed. This has been one of the grounds on which Delhi High Court has directed national appellate authority to apply its mind before dismissing appeals.

The irresponsible actions of MoEF is systematically drying up Goa's water bodies thereby setting the way for disappearance of one of the beautiful places on Planet earth known as 'Goa'.

According to the reply in the Goa State Assembly on sixth of August 2009 by State Environment minister Alex Sequira MoEF has granted Environmental Clearances (EC) given to as many as one hundred and sixty three mining leases in Goa.

GOAMAP demands that MoEF withdraws all the Environmental Clearances (EC) given to mining companies and transform Goa into mining free zone.

GOAMAP urges attention of Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh currently on visit to Goa to take this matter very seriously for the sake of life and life supporting systems from being destroyed by mining industry.

Sebastian Rodrigues

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