Visakhapatnam: Goa Foundation (GF), mines, minerals & People (mm&P), Common Cause and the Goenchi Mati Movement (GMM) have jointly launched ‘The Future We Need’ Campaign.
Following the directions of the Supreme Court, the Dr. KR Rao Committee has been entrusted by the Ministry of Mines with task of drafting the new National Mineral Policy by December end this year.
‘The Future We Need’ will appeal to civil society to petition the committee to create a just and fair mineral policy. A draft letter endorsing the principles is available at www.thefutureweneed.org/letter and sent to the Committee either via email or post.
Ravi Rebbapragada, Chairperson, mines, minerals & People, said: “We launched this campaign because this is a great opportunity for us to proactively protect the wealth of our future generations. Making sure the principle of Intergenerational Equity is at the core of the new National Mineral Policy will guarantee this. For decades, communities directly impacted by industries like mining have been resisting an assault on their rights. We must ensure that this is not the future our children will inherit.”
He noted that the principle of Intergenerational Equity (IE) demands that we protect our inheritance for future generations. The current policy is grossly unfair, unconstitutional and violates this principle. More worryingly, extraordinary losses have been well documented in a number of states including Rajasthan, Karnataka, Goa, Odisha, and Jharkhand, he stated.
Among other things, The Future We Need has proposeed some of the principles that should be at the heart of the new National Mineral Policy which aver that natural resources are the commons and the state is the trustee for the people and especially future generations (Public Trust Doctrine).