On Friday, the Uttarakhand government, constituted a five-member committee for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the state.
The committee is led by a former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai, along with Justice Permod Kohli (retired), social activist Manu Gaur, former chief secretary Shatrughan Singh and vice-chancellor of Doon University Surekha Dangwal.
The government has assigned a task to committee members to conduct a wide range of consultations, check legal aspects and deliberate on amendments required in the law before handing over the draft proposal.
The draft panel has been approved by governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retd), however issued by additional chief secretary Radha Raturi.
Meanwhile after the announcement, Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said, ” earlier we had made a promise to the people of Uttarakhand during the election period, meanwhile we have taken a step to fulfill the promises. The formation of this committee is an important move in that direction. The UCC will provide for the same laws regarding marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance for all, irrespective of their faith, the committee was set up to increase social harmony, promote gender justice and empower women.”
On March 24 the government passed a proposal to implement the UCC.” After the first cabinet meeting. However he suggested other states to follow the template of UCC being implemented by Uttarakhand.
“Uttarakhand is a vibrant state whose culture and heritage have been at the core of Indian civilization for centuries. Uttarakhand is a ‘Devbhoomi’ for the people and the state has always been a center of knowledge, spirituality of Vedas, Puranas and sages. People across the country come here with great faith and devotion. So it’s our responsibility to protect the cultural and spiritual heritage.” Dhami