The United Kingdom is all set to mint a coin to commemorate India’s father of the nation — Mahatma Gandhi. The UK treasury has introduced the transfer on Saturday amid calls to recognise the contributions of the minorities. Bapu, who has been on India’s currency since 1987, would be the first non-white man to feature on the British currency coin.
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee is working to create a coin that includes Mahatma Gandhi.
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor has put his weight behind BAME — Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic — figures to feature on cash. “Their contribution should be recognised by Britain,” Sunak stated.
In a letter written to former Conservative candidate Zehra Zaidi, who’s main the ‘We Too Built Britain’ marketing campaign, which has known as for ethnic minority individuals to feature on currency, Sunak stated, “Black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities have made a profound contribution to the shared history of the United Kingdom.”
“For generations, ethnic minority groups have fought and died for this country we have built together; taught our children, nursed the sick, cared for the elderly; and through their enterprising spirit have started some of our most exciting and dynamic businesses, creating jobs and driving growth,” he further added.
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee is an independent committee made up of experts who recommend themes and designs of coins to the Chancellor, in his role as Master of the Mint.
Sunak added: “I’m writing at present to the Chair of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC), Lord Waldegrave… asking the RMAC Sub-Committee on Themes to contemplate recognising the contributions of Black, Asian, and different ethnic minority people – not simply to our historical past, however to our current and future as effectively”.