A committee has been formed for Uniform Civil Code in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state of Uttarakhand. There will be five members in this committee. The notification for the formation of committee has been issued by the government. The chairman of the committee is former judge Ranjana Desai.
Former chief secretary Shatrughan Singh, retired Delhi High Court judge Pramod Kohli and Tax Payers Association president Manu Gaur have also been made members of the committee. The formation of the government again in Uttarakhand, after the first meeting of the cabinet, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami had approved the proposal to implement the Uniform Civil Code in the state. Now a committee has been formed to implement it. Including retired judges of the Supreme Court.
“In accordance to our promise in the vision document at the time of election, an expert committee has been constituted under Honourable Supreme Court Justice (Retired) Ranjana Desai Ji for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code to protect the culture of Devbhoomi and to provide uniformity to all religious communities,” said Dhami in a post on Facebook in Hindi.
Dhami said at the time, “Dhami added, “We are a Himalayan state with a distinct cultural and religious heritage. We also share borders with two countries. So, a Uniform Civil Code is necessary. There is a provision for it in Article 44 of the Constitution. Even the Supreme Court has expressed its dissatisfaction in the past on its non-implementation.”
On 7th April, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami had said in a program in Mussoorie’s Townhall Auditorium that it is also necessary to implement Uniform Civil Code so that we can protect our state culture, spirituality and both borders.
Before the Uttarakhand assembly elections, BJP had promised the people of the state that their government would fulfill all the resolutions. When Pushkar Singh Dhami returned to power, he took steps towards fulfilling the promises made in ‘Sankalp Patra’. Uniform Civil Code was the main resolution in the list of promises.
Uniform Civil Code means that there should be a common law for every citizen living in the country, irrespective of religion or caste of the person. In the Uniform Civil Code, a law will be applicable for all religions in marriage, divorce and division of property. It is a secular law, which applies equally to all.