Uniform Civil Code: Gujarat govt’s key move ahead of assembly elections

NEW DELHI: In an important decision ahead of the assembly elections, the Gujarat government on Saturday formed a committee for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state.
Gujarat minister of state for home Harsh Sanghvi said the state cabinet cleared a proposal to constitute the committee during its meeting held on Saturday. “The committee will be headed by a retired high court judge and will have three to four members,” Union minister Parshottam Rupala said.

Earlier, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh goverments had constituted a panel of experts headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to implement a Uniform Civil Code for the state. Goa is the only state in India that has uniform civil code.
Uniform Civil Code is a proposal in India to formulate and implement personal laws of citizens which apply to all citizens equally regardless of their religion, gender and sexual orientation. Many political leaders have backed the UCC saying that it will bring equality in the country.
Earlier this month, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it could not direct Parliament to frame or enact any law on Uniform Civil Code in the country.
The ministry of law and justice in its affidavit stated that the matter of policy is for the elected representatives of the people to decide and no direction in this regard can be issued by the Centre. “It is for the legislature to enact or not to enact a piece of legislation,” the ministry told the apex court.
BJP in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto had promised the implementation of UCC if it comes to power.

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