Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly achieved a historic milestone today by passing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, establishing the state as a pioneer in implementing a unified legal framework governing personal matters such as marriage, divorce, and inheritance, irrespective of religious affiliations.
The passage of this landmark bill ensued after an extensive 10-hour debate within the Assembly.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, during the deliberations, underscored the significance of the UCC, asserting its role in fostering national unity. While opposition parties advocated for the bill’s referral to a Select Committee and proposed amendments, they did not fundamentally oppose the concept of a UCC.
Expressing jubilation at the bill’s approval, Chief Minister Dhami remarked, “Today marks a proud moment for Uttarakhand.
The UCC guarantees equal rights to all citizens in crucial personal affairs, free from discrimination.” Law Minister Saurabh Bahuguna assured the Assembly that provisions for future amendments could be accommodated as necessary.
Highlighting the historical context, BJP MLA Munna Singh Chauhan pointed out the failure of the opposition Congress party to enact a UCC during its tenure. He cited the favorable reception of the UCC among Muslim women as evidence of its broad support. This pioneering step by Uttarakhand sets a precedent for other BJP-ruled states, including Rajasthan, which is poised to introduce a similar bill soon.
Chief Minister Dhami extended gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his backing and commended the people of Uttarakhand for their support in realizing this historic endeavor.
The UCC ensures the application of a uniform set of secular civil laws, guaranteeing equality for all citizens regardless of religious affiliation.
Uttarakhand thus becomes the first state in independent India to adopt such a uniform code, marking a significant milestone in legal and social reform.