Ramesh Gauns

Vasundhara Sanman

Ramesh Gauns, a citizen in Goa is fighting all odds to stop mining in the state. His slogan “Pani Ka Khani” made impact on citizens of Goa. For 13 years, he has been trying to mobilise people into raising a voice against the devastation and asking the government to stop clearing mining licenses in Goa. Ramesh Gauns, an environmental activist and a primary school teacher from Sarvona village in Goa has been battling the government that cleared a mining project in his village, for almost five years. He emerged victorious on March 29 when the Delhi High Court annulled an environmental clearance given to the project to mine iron and manganese ore in his village in North Goa.