Centre introduces bill to merge Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in Lok Sabha1 min read . Updated: 26 Nov 2019, 03:10 PM IST
- The bill, which seeks to merge the two union territories into one is yet to be taken up for consideration and passage in the Lower House
- Daman and Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli are situated along the western coast of Gujarat
New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday introduced the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha.
The bill, which seeks to merge the two union territories into one is yet to be taken up for consideration and passage in the Lower House, was introduced by minister of state for home affairs G. Kishen Reddy, on Tuesday.
The move comes three months after Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two UTs—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Officials said the merger of the two UTs, located along the western coast near Gujarat, will be done for better administration and check duplications of various work. Dadra and Nagar Haveli has just one district while Daman and Diu has two.
The merged Union Territory is likely to be named as Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and its headquarters could be Daman and Diu.
While the bill will streamline administration across both UTs, till now, both UTs, which are situated along the western coast of Gujarat, the UTs have separate budgets and secretariats.
In August, the Centre had sought the Parliament’s nod to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
The country currently has nine Union Territories after the creation of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. However, with the merger of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the number of UTs will come down to eight.
-With inputs from PTI