The Committee appointed by Uttarakhand government to draft the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) has submitted its report on Friday (2 February).
The panel, headed by former Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai, submitted the UCC report to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in the state capital Dehradun.
The UCC will provide a legal framework for a uniform marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance laws for all citizens irrespective of their religion in the state.
"Moving forward in the direction of implementing the Uniform Civil Code as per the resolution placed before the godlike people of Uttarakhand, the draft was received today from the committee formed for the purpose of preparing the UCC draft in Dehradun," CM Dhami said in a post on X after receiving the report.
"A Uniform Civil Code bill will be introduced in the upcoming assembly session and will be implemented as a law as soon as possible," he said.
"We have always been determined to provide equal rights to everyone in the state by realizing the vision of respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat" and today we are taking this resolution towards accomplishment through UCC," the Uttarakhand CM added.
The Uttarakhand government has called a special assembly session on 5 February, in which the bill is likely to be tabled and passed.
The session will be for one day and the House is expected to be adjourned after the Bill is passed.
After the UCC Bill is passed in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, it is expected that two other BJP-led states, Gujarat and Assam, will introduce and pass similar legislation in their respective assemblies
If everything goes as per plan, three states will have enacted the Uniform Civil Code before the Lok Sabha elections in the next few months.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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