New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi is all set to become the first non-white man to feature on the UK currency coin. This is a part of UK’s efforts to commemorate India’s father of the nation.
The announcement was officially made by the UK treasury as a part of recognising the contributions of minorities in the world.
Rishi Sunak, UK’s Chancellor, has announced regarding BAME – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic – personalities to feature on coins. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee is working on designing the coin that will feature Mahatma Gandhi on it.
In Sunak’s letter to former Conservative candidate Zehra Zaidi, who is responsible for featuring ethnic minority people on currency coins, he said, “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,” added Sunak.
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee is a group of independent experts who recommend themes and designs of coins from time to time to the Chancellor, who holds the role as Master of the Mint.