7 Feb 2024

Uttarakhand becomes first state in India to pass Uniform Civil Code Bill; what CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said

Uniform Civil Code Bill in Uttarakhand has been passed by voice vote in the Assembly. With this, Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to pass the Uniform Civil Code Bill.

The assembly session has been adjourned indefinitely. On the morning of 6 February, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had placed this bill on the table of the Assembly.

The session was adjourned till 2 pm after the opposition MLAs demanded that they be given time to read and understand the bill. Since many more members wanted to read it, the discussion on this bill continued on 7 February also.

  The bill was passed after the address of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. After this the session was adjourned indefinitely.

UCC is a blessing for Devbhoomi: Dhami

Responding to the discussion on UCC, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami termed it as historic and said that there has been a meaningful discussion on this bill.

He said that there are many big states in India but Uttarakhand has got this opportunity, it is the good fortune of Devbhoomi.

He said that this is not an ordinary bill but a formula for the unity of India. The concept with which the architects of our Constitution had created our Constitution is going to be implemented on the ground from Devbhoomi Uttarakhand.

CM said that the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dreaming of a developed India. Under his leadership the country is correcting historical mistakes like triple talaq and Article 370.

He further said that the Uniform Civil Code Bill is a contribution made by Uttarakhand in the great sacrifice being made to make the country a developed, organized, harmonious and self-reliant nation.

Only those couples who have registered their marriage will get benefits of govt schemes

CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that now only those couples who have registered their marriage will be able to avail the benefits of all government facilities. Even in the absence of registration, any marriage will not be considered illegal or invalid.

"The way birth and death registration was done till now, both marriage and divorce registration can be done by adopting the same process. In line with the mantra of simplification of our government, this registration will also be done through a web portal."

The Chief Minister said that now through this law, if any one of the couple changes his/her religion without the consent of the other, then the other person will have full right to divorce that person and claim maintenance allowance.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Yashpal Arya had said that the state government is converting the general session into a special session in the name of UCC, which is against the rules.

No Congress MLA opposed the bill

Congress had protested even before the beginning of the session and there were several heated debates between the two sides during the session, but the special thing was that no Congress MLA opposed the bill.

Congress MLAs, including the Leader of Opposition, had called this bill important and requested to send it to the Select Committee. There was one more noteworthy thing in this two-day session, that a lot of discussion took place on the construction of Ram temple.

BJP MLAs discussed Ram Mandir more than UCC. Probably also because this was the first session of the assembly after the construction of Ram temple.

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