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UCC will be implemented in Assam after Uttarakhand, Gujarat: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Congress and several other opposition parties opposed the UCC saying a diverse country like India does not need Uniform Civil Code. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the UCC is not required in the country and criticised the BJP for promising to implement the controversial proposed law.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Guwahati Updated on: January 11, 2024 17:01 IST
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Image Source : PTI Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday announced that his government will implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) after Uttarakhand and Gujarat. While speaking to the reporters, Sarma asserted, "Uttarakhand and Gujarat will bring UCC first. Assam will follow them with some additions. I'm waiting to see Uttarkahand's UCC Bill. We will bring a similar bill. In Assam, the tribal community will be exempted under the ambit of the UCC."

Uttarakhand Cabinet approves decisions taken by UCC expert panel 

The Uttarakhand government on December 23, 2023 approved the decisions taken so far by an expert panel drafting a Uniform Civil Code for the state. The Cabinet approved the decisions of the drafting committee during a meeting on Friday chaired by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Secretary SS Sandhu told reporters.
 
The committee -- headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai -- is likely to submit the draft to the state government in January, following which the process to implement it will begin. The committee was formed in May 2022.

UCC in Gujarat

The BJP-led Gujarat government has been also working to implement UCC in the state. Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi had, in October 2022, announced forming a committee for implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state.

Law Commission got 46 lakh responses on Uniform Civil Code

The Law Commission received nearly 46 lakh responses till July 2023 as the commission appealed to people to give their opinion on the controversial proposed law. On June 14, the Law Commission initiated a fresh consultation process on the Uniform Civil Code by seeking views from stakeholders, including public and recognised religious organisations, on the politically sensitive issue.
 
Earlier, the 21st Law Commission, the term of which ended in August 2018, examined the issue and solicited the views of all stakeholders on two occasions. Subsequently, a consultation paper on "Reforms of Family Law" was issued in August 2018.
 
"Since more than three years have lapsed from the date of issuance of the said consultation paper, bearing in mind the relevance and importance of the subject and also the various court orders on the subject, the 22nd Law Commission of India considered it expedient to deliberate afresh over the subject," the panel had said in a 'public notice'.

(With agencies inputs)

 
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