GenNext demands security to Dr Claude, fearing threat from BJP MLAs

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 06 December 2015 19:25 IST

Quoting defence minister Manohar Parrikar, GenNext has demanded security cover for Dr Claude Alvares, director of Goa Foundation.

The organisation feels MLAs of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the mining belt may use money and muscle power against Dr Alvares.

Johnson D’Silva, secretary of GenNext, said a formal letter making this demand would be sent to Governor Mridula Sinha tomorrow.

A statement demanding security cover for Dr Alvares was made by Parrikar himself on 5 March 2013, recalls GenNext.

The issue has erupted with BJP MLAs in the mining belt demanding a probe into the assets of Goa Foundation while the state government has accused Dr Alvares, in its Supreme Court affidavit, of causing economic unrest in the state.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has in fact agreed to meet the demand of his MLAs.

While expressing apprehension that these MLAs may even attack Dr Alvares, GenNext has also reminded the BJP not to forget that it has reached the throne of power by banking upon Dr Alvares.

Mining scam was one of the major issue the BJP had made during 2012 Assembly election, which brought the saffron brigade to power winning 21 seats in the 40-member House.

The BJP is attacking Dr Alvares since he has not fallen prey to the suitcase model of the ruling party, accuses D’Silva.

CHURCH CONDEMNS INTIMIDATION

The Church-run Council for Social Justice and Peace has also strongly condemned the dictatorial attempts and intimidation meted out to Goa Foundation by the BJP-led government.

 

“How can the organisation be accused of halting development of the state when actually it has been fighting through all kind of democratic methods to stop rampant violations in mining and protect lives of suffering citizens”, asks Fr Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of CSJP.

It also points out that Goa Foundation has exercised its constitutional right of judicial intervention after exhausting all the remedies to make the state administration stop the rampant violations in the mining sector.

Goa Foundation has presently challenged renewal of 88 mining leases, which are granted mostly to the same lease holders who had violated it earlier by getting into blatant illegalities.

As a result, the Supreme Court had stopped total mining activity since October 2012 following Shah Commission report which proved it as a scam to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore.

While the apex court ordered to resume mining after two years while laying guidelines, Goa Foundation has once again pointed out illegalities by the government in the process of mining resumption.

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Claude, Goa Foundation and his team working for environment selflessly. He has given his life for betterment of Goa. He protected Goa's ecosystem by stopping mining in Goa and now its time to protect Claude from this politician and mining lobby.

- Rohit Jain, Udaipur | 10 th December 2015 08:04

 

we love Dr Alvares, he is the one who is showing correct direction to people through his books and fight against violators. Goa's Natural beauty is maintained due to the efforts of such people. please support him.

- geeta, karwar | 09 th December 2015 19:22

 

Dr Alvares and Goa Foundation are working tirelessly to protect the land and interests of residents and future generations. Those who are only concerned for their own profit have no regard for the destruction of the environment or those who would protect it. Those who are elected by the people must protect those who stand for the interests of all.

- Anna Brijbala, Goa | 09 th December 2015 08:04

 

Claude and Norma and Goa Foundation have contributed tremendously for protecting the richness of nature and culture of Goa. Destroyers of Goa are naturally angry that their DEVELOPMENT plans are being adversely affected. I am happy concerned citizens and organisations are rising to the defence of this illustrious couple.

- Dileep Kamat, Belagavi | 08 th December 2015 19:32

 

Its unfortunate that this govt. too talk the same "development"

Please see what is happening in Chennai. For a few Millon's are to suffered. What a development policy is this.

And the way the Goa govt is fearing people and those who work for the peoples' welfare, very specifically those who question the govt's policies. In one way its a triumph for people. But we cannot allow intimidation and threat.

- R.Selvam, Arachalur,Erode dist. | 08 th December 2015 08:41

 

A matter of great concern that the people who are exposing corruption and illegal activities are being targeted. I hope that the wider public support for Claude Alvares and the issue he is fighting for will focus on the urgency of the matter and so enable the gvt to apply more stringent regulations to contain the mining activity.

- janeSahi, Bengaluru | 08 th December 2015 06:57

 

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