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The Dr. K.R. Rao Committee has been entrusted by the Ministry of Mines with drafting the new National Mineral Policy by October 31 . The campaign was an opportunity to protect the wealth of future generations. “We will have to make sure the principle of Intergenerational Equity is at the core of the new policy. 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 .”
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 39 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] A document released by Goa Foundation points out that between 2004 and 2012 around 95% of the value of the minerals in the State was lost. The campaign claims that under-pricing of minerals is unfair. The people behind the campaign said that the State is the trustee of natural resources and it is duty of citizens to ensure preservation of the principal value . If natural resources are being sold no loss should be suffered and citizens must get the full economic value. Every paisa received must be saved in a new inheritable asset, which retains its value over multiple generations. Passive euthanasia already a law: govt Passive euthanasia, the act of withdrawing life support to a terminally-ill patient, is already the law of the land, the government told a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. The government pointed out that the Supreme Court itself, in 2011, had issued comprehensive guidelines allowing passive euthanasia in the tragic case of the bed-ridden former Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug . In her case the staff of KEM Hospital took care of her till her natural death in 2015. The government said it was finalising a draft law on passive euthanasia called 'The Management of Patients With Terminal Illness – Withdrawal of Medical Life Support Bill', which was drawn up in line with the recommendations of the Law Commission of India that life support can be withdrawn for patients in persistent vegetative state (PVS) or suffering an irreversible medical condition. The Centre, however, objected to legalising the concept of ‘Living Will’ —an advance written directive to physicians for end-of-life medical care . It pointed out that this may lead to the abuse and neglect of the elderly, especially if they were financially well-off. The government pointed out that the living will was a concept which contradicts a person's instinctive urge to survive.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 40 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Besides, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has, in an affidavit filed in January 2016 before the apex court, already refused to legalise ‘active euthanasia’ — an intentional act of putting to death a terminally-ill patient – on the grounds that this would lead to potential misuse and is practised in “very few countries worldwide”.
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