Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 08:47 IST
CM Dhami-led govt approves decisions of Uniform Civil Code draft by expert panel
The UCC was promised to the state's people during the 2022 Assembly Polls in Uttarakhand.
Dehradun: On Friday, December 22, the Uttarakhand government approved the decisions taken by a five-member panel so far to draft the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state.
The Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami-led Cabinet approved the decision in a meeting but the committee has yet to submit its details reports to the government.
The committee is headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, who is currently heading the Delimitation Commission of India. The other four members include retired Delhi High Court judge Pramod Kohli, Doon University Vice-Chancellor Surekha Dangwal, social activist Manu Guar, ex-chief secretary and IAS officer Shatrughan Singh.
The UCC was promised to the state's people during the 2022 Assembly Polls in Uttarakhand. However, it was not a hot topic in the state in the last 4 years but hit the forefront again after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong case for its implementation in an address in Madhya Pradesh during the campaign for Assembly Election 2023. The Prime Minister said that the country could not run on two laws and that the Uniform Civil Code is the founding principle and ideals of the Constitution.
According to Article 44 of the Indian Constitution, the State shall endeavour to secure a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) throughout the territory of India. The UCC proposes a common set of laws dealing with marriage, adoption and other matters.
Furthermore, during the meeting, the Cabinet also decided to provide one kilogramme of iodised salt per month at Rs 8 to Antyodaya and BPL cardholders.
It also decided to fill 327 new posts of constables and sub-inspectors for six police stations and 21 outposts in the state which have been transferred from the revenue to the regular police.
(With ANI inputs)
Published December 23rd, 2023 at 06:44 IST