For the last six months there has been a battle royale going on between mining dependents who feel deprived and cheated by the Government, and the Government itself which has consistently making promises to attempt to restart mining, to no avail. Away from this battle, there are much larger questions, should Goa’s future be dependent on mining alone to why have we allowed our natural bounty of rivers, farms, forests to wither away and become valueless! It is time to tap into the vast treasure trove of resources that nature has given us and use it for sustainable livelihoods.
Why can’t employment, development be in absolute harmony with our land instead of being in constant conflict.
Participants in this discussion are :
Atul Jadhav, former President of the Barge Owner’s Association Goa, an important stakeholder in the mining industry.
Joanna Pyres is an independent consultant with The Partnering Initiative and a handful of like-minded small private sector consultancies to facilitate greater understanding and implementation of effective multi-stakeholder collaborations, working with both partnerships and organisations.
Maria Victor is passionate and inspired by new ideas, attitudes and experiences. Founder of Make it Happen : that advocates cross-cultural sharing with locals, partaking in festivals and traditions, and getting perspective of their socio-cultural heritage.
Nihal Melwani is an engineering graduate, scion of a mining family and is closely involved in the efforts of his father to find out of the box solutions to the mining imbroglio which are people centric. He is in an unique position to comment on the employment and career prospects in Goa for young graduates like him who may not be privileged to enter family run enterprises.
This discussion will be moderated by Sujay Gupta. He has written extensively on this issue of mining and all its ills, and presently is the consulting editor of Herald.
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