Roland Martins


The 2003 Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award was jointly conferred on Roland Martins in recognition of his commitment to foster and uphold the values of civic integrity, justice and conscientiousness. 

Mr. Roland Martins has campaigned for human rights for over two decades. He was instrumental in setting up consumer groups in various parts of Goa, and his weekly symposium, Friday Balcao, conducts group discussions on local issues. He also maintains a documentation center known as Goa Desc Resource Center, which provides the public with essential information on issues vital to the social and economic wellbeing of society. His recent initiative, GOACAN (Goa Civic & Consumer Action Network) is a network of samitis and forums that enables the public to effectively address and resolve matters of civic, consumer, and environmental concerns.