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Uniform Civil Code: No decision yet on UCC implementation in the country, Kiren Rijiju tells Lok Sabha

Author: TN National Desk
Publication: Timesnownews.com
Date: July 22, 2022
URL:      https://www.timesnownews.com/india/uniform-civil-code-no-decision-yet-on-ucc-implementation-in-the-country-kiren-rijiju-tells-lok-sabha-article-93059994

There have been demands by a section of people to introduce the UCC in the country. BJP-ruled Uttarakhand has already announced that it will implement the law, while demands are growing in some other states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, and Madhya Pradesh.

The Centre on Friday said that it has not decided yet on implementing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. There have been demands by a section of people to introduce the UCC in the country.

BJP-ruled Uttarakhand has already announced that it will implement the law, while demands are growing for uniform civil code legislation in some other states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, and Madhya Pradesh.

To a question on whether the government is planning to bring a proposal or bill to implement the UCC in the country, Minister of law and Justice Kiren Rijiju said: "There are some writ petitions pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India regarding uniform civil code. Since the matter is sub-judice, no decision on implementation of uniform civil code in the country has been taken as of now."

On the question of whether the government has taken any steps to ensure gender and religion-neutral uniform grounds of succession and inheritance in the country, the minister said that legislative interventions ensure gender and religion-neutral uniform laws and that Article 44 of the Constitution provides that the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.

"Personal laws such as intestacy and succession; wills; joint family and partition; marriage and divorce, relate to Entry 5 of List-III-Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, and hence, the States are also empowered to legislate upon them," Rijiju said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The 21st Law Commission of India undertook an examination of various issues relating to uniform civil code and uploaded a consultation paper titled “Reform of Family Law” on its website for wider discussions, the minister informed.
 
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