Uttarakhand Cabinet approves UCC report

The Uttarakhand Cabinet on Sunday approved the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) report in the meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

Dhami-led government will present the UCC Bill in the Assembly on February 6. The special session of the Assembly has been convened especially to pass the legislation on the UCC on Monday.

The bill proposes uniform civil laws for all communities in the state. Once implemented, Uttarakhand will become the first Indian state after independence to adopt the UCC.

The final draft of the UCC running into 740 pages in four volumes was submitted by UCC drafting committee, led by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday. The committee constituted in May, 2022 also includes retired justice Pramod Kohli, social activist Manu Gaur, former Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Shatrughan Singh and Vice Chancellor of Doon University, Surekha Dangwal.

The draft which was submitted to the Uttarakhand CM on February 2 was given a total of four extensions, the latest being 15 days in January this year. The committee received 2.33 lakh written suggestions and held more than 60 meetings in which the members interacted with around 60,000 people in the course of preparing the draft.

“We promised our people to bring the UCC in Uttarakhand before the Assembly goes into session. The rollout of the UCC will be in line with a resolution adopted by the BJP,” said Dhami after receiving the UCC report on Friday.

The UCC will provide a legal framework for uniform marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance laws for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.

Due to the Uttarakhand Assembly session which is commencing on February 5, the district administration has imposed Section 144 within a radius of 300 meters around the Assembly premises. Dehradun District Magistrate Sonika said that during the assembly session starting Monday, there will be a ban on activities like demonstrations of organizations and communities in the designated area.

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