UCC Bill Highlights for Uttarakhand: On Tuesday, the government under the leadership of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami introduced the Uniform Civil Code Bill (UCC) in the state legislative assembly. Proceedings of the Uttarakhand Assembly session were adjourned until 11 am on Wednesday. The UCC bill suggests a uniform legal framework concerning marriage, divorce, land ownership, property rights, and inheritance applicable to all residents of the state, regardless of their religious affiliation, except for the Scheduled Tribes. This development took place amid the ongoing four-day special session of the assembly, which began on Monday. – UCC Bill Highlights
On Sunday, the Uttarakhand Cabinet approved the final version of the UCC. The proposed UCC intends to implement uniform civil laws that would be applicable to all communities across the state. On Monday, Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Union Minister for Law and Justice, mentioned that the Uniform Civil Code is presently undergoing a consultation process and is being reviewed by the Law Commission of India.
A committee consisting of five members, chaired by retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, presented a draft of the UCC to the Chief Minister. The objective of the UCC is to create a uniform legal structure for marriage, divorce, land ownership, property rights, and inheritance laws, irrespective of religious beliefs. The enactment of the UCC Bill fulfills a major pledge made by the BJP during the 2022 Assembly elections.