Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) demands immediate termination of mining lease 04/1949 belonging to Bandekar in Sirgao village of Bicholim taluka.
GOAMAP condemns the decision of Goa Government to renew this mining lease for another 20 years in a gazette notification issue on 10th November 2010. GOAMAP considers this mining renewal as an insult to those Sirgao village that is already facing acute water shortages and siltation of paddy fields.
Goa government has included settlement zones - local houses, agricultural fields, water springs, village temples and community places of famous Sirgao Zatra’s venue for its Omkhand in the mining renewal lease of Bandekar.
Villagers of Sirgao has been protesting damage done to their village over the past few years and Goa government instead of lessening their burden has acted in a manner to wipe out Sirgao from the Map of the Planet. Goa’s Mines Minister who is also the Chief Minister - Digambar Kamat - has no right whatsoever to this. His action has once again proved that he is an enemy of Bhahujan Samaj and ecology of Goa.