Will Form Committee For Uniform Civil Code, Says Uttarakhand Chief Minister

New Delhi: On Saturday, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reiterated the BJP’s election promise to implement the Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand, saying that the state government will appoint a committee that will include all stakeholders and experts.

Addressing the media during his Delhi visit, Mr Dhami said, “We will soon constitute a committee on the Uniform Civil Code. After the committee is formed, we will take all the stakeholders and specialists into consideration who will prepare the draft. Based on the draft, UCC will be implemented in Uttarakhand.”

The Uniform Civil Code is an Indian proposal to draft and execute personal laws that apply to all people equally regardless of religion, sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Currently, diverse societies’ personal laws are governed by their religious scriptures.

The law is based on Article 44 of the Constitution, which states that the state must work to ensure that citizens throughout India have access to a uniform civil code. Notably, in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, the BJP stated that if elected, it would implement UCC.

Mr Dhami explained that the state government’s Char Dham Yatra verification drive is being conducted to avert any law and order issues arising from miscreants during the Yatra.

“We will run a verification drive in Uttarakhand because our state is the centre of religion, spiritualism and culture. It is the home of the Himalayas and Ganga. We also share two international borders and are peaceful. The law and order situation should not deteriorate,” he said.

“To make sure that this does not happen, we have run a verification campaign in which the names of numerous suspicious persons have emerged,” Mr Dhami added.

Notably, the Yatra is scheduled to be held from May 3.

The Uttarakhand Chief Minister stated that his government is continually trying to supply electricity to the people of the state, despite the oncoming power crisis in other regions of the country.

“We are constantly working to resolve the issue of power crisis. We had improved the electricity condition in the previous weeks. We are working to make the situation right in Uttarakhand which is not right in the entire country. We are working on providing electricity to the people of the state,” he said.

A meeting of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts was conducted in New Delhi earlier today. Dhami described how Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave them advice during the ceremony.

“We got the guidance of PM Modi. We are working well in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand has become the first state to provide the facility of virtual hearing for the differently-abled ones who cannot reach the courts to record their statements,” he said.

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