MILESTONES

Why am I sticking my neck out? Asked Common Cause founder Mr H D Shourie and offered the answer in his inimitable style: Because that is what a neck is for! Since its inception in 1980, Common Cause has done just that. It has stuck its neck out speaking truth to power and fighting democratic battles on behalf of the ordinary citizens, irrespective of the governments in power. In the following two sections we summarise the organisation’s impact and its journey so far to give an idea of its commitments and range of activities:

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OUR IMPACT

CANCELLATION OF COAL BLOCK ALLOCATIONS In 2012 a Common Cause PIL led to far-reaching changes in the ways in which India’s natural resources are allocated and it is widely felt that its aftershocks will be felt for a long time. By various estimates, the consequences emanating from the writ, and the historical judgment, led to earnings of over three lakh crores to the country’s exchequer directly, and many times more indirectly and over long term. ...

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JOURNEY SO FAR

1980- Common Cause founded The name Common Cause was taken from an organization of the same name in USA after receiving a no objection letter from them. There is no affiliation between the two organizations, the one in USA primarily being a lobbying organization founded in 1970. Through a lawyer and on behalf of about 15,000 retired pensioners, the first writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court, highlighting the problems and hardships faced by about fo...

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