Dehradun: The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill was introduced in the Uttarakhand Assembly in Dehradun today. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami presented the bill. MLAs welcomed the UCC with slogans such as “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Shri Ram” in the state assembly. As soon as the bill was tabled, MLAs raised slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
Presenting the bill, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami stated that this is a moment of pride for all the people of the state, as Uttarakhand becomes the first state in the country to introduce the UCC. The bill was introduced during the four-day special session of the Legislative Assembly, which commenced yesterday and will continue until Thursday.
Yesterday, the Uttarakhand Cabinet, led by CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, approved the UCC draft bill based on recommendations made by a high-level government-appointed committee. The committee, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, was established by the state in May 2022 and submitted the draft report to the government.
Among the proposals in the UCC are a complete ban on polygamy and child marriage, a standardized marriageable age for girls across all faiths, and a uniform process for divorce. These recommendations aim to promote gender equality and social harmony.
By this, Uttarakhand will become the first state in the country after Independence to adopt the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). It has been operational in Goa since the days of Portuguese rule, and continues to be implemented even after the Indian annexation of the state in 1961.