Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that Uniform Civil Code will soon take the form of a law

Dhami had recently reached an RSS event organized in Delhi where he told us that we will soon implement UCC. 

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that Uniform Civil Code will soon take the form of a law

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that his cabinet has approved the formation of a committee to draft a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state and it will soon take the form of a law. Dhami had recently reached an RSS event organized in Delhi where he told us that we will soon implement UCC. 

CM Dhami said that other states would like it and follow its blueprint. He said the state would bring in another strict anti-conversion law. On the question of Mazars flourishing in Uttarakhand, the CM said, “I am soft-spoken but I work hard when the need arises. No illegal construction will be allowed and we will take necessary action.

Dhami said in the first cabinet meeting of the government since taking oath on March 24, that a proposal was made to implement the UCC. This is a promise I made to the people on February 12 (the last day of campaigning for the recent assembly elections). Now we are going ahead with it. A committee consisting of jurists, retired judges, eminent people of the society as well as other stakeholders will be formed. They will hold detailed discussions before preparing the draft, which will then be submitted to the government. 

The CM said that the UCC will ensure equal laws regarding marriage, divorce, land, property, and inheritance for all, irrespective of their faith and social harmony, gender justice, and empowerment of women.

If implemented, Uttarakhand will be the second state in India to have UCC. Currently, only Goa has a UCC, a result of the Portuguese Civil Code of the 19th century, which was not abolished when the state became independent in 1961. 

The current anti-conversion law in Uttarakhand, the Freedom of Religion Act 2018, provides for a five-year jail term for forced or fraudulent conversion. The present government has planned to make it a 10-year term. Dhami said that Uttarakhand needs a more stringent anti-conversion law as it is Devbhoomi, a state of strategic importance along with being a center of faith for people across the country. Uttarakhand is a vibrant state whose culture and heritage have been at the core of Indian civilization for centuries.

He said that it has been the center of knowledge and spirituality, the practice of our Vedas and Puranas originated by the sages. People from all corners of the country come here with great faith and reverence, so it is necessary to protect the cultural and spiritual heritage of Uttarakhand. Dhami also said that to tackle "demographic change" in Uttarakhand and to curb "illegal immigrants" into the state, a massive verification drive is underway. It launched a 10-day verification drive on "non-natives" living in the area. It took "preventive action" against nearly 1,000 individuals.