Angonn 1, the first All Goa Meet of village groups organized by Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott (GXE), was a roaring success, with more than 130 dedicated grass-root activists participating in the day long deliberations at Margao today.
The participants, who shared their experiences, ideas, perspectives and dreams, included representatives from 58 villages, covering all the 11 talukas of the State. Various important issues related to the well-being and development of the State and its inhabitants, including water and food security, the plight of farmers, tribals and other residents, and other socio-economic and environmental issues were examined in detail by the participants in their presentations. The impact of the present policies being forced by the State on the present and future generations were also critically reviewed by the remarkable gathering of fearless and motivated social activists. The State policies with regards to mining, real estate speculation, land acquisition, tourism and industries were unanimously rejected by the participants, who also laid bare various evidences of the unholy nexus between greedy accumulators of wealth, corrupt bureaucrats and those voted by the people to 'save Goa', who are rapidly destroying Goa forever.GXE again demands that the State and Union government immediately scrap all the anti-people policies with regard to mining, real estate, tourism and industries, which have been causing immense irreversible destruction within the tiny State. The legislators, executive and judiciary are hereby warned that unless they open their eyes, which seem to be blinded presently by greed, fear or otherwise, and act to stem the rapid destruction of the water, land and environment of the State, they shall be held responsible for the resultant sufferings of our children.