Uniform Civil Code soon? Modi govt to introduce UCC during monsoon session of Parliament: Report

The Narendra Modi government is considering introducing a bill on implementing a Uniform Civil Code during the upcoming session of Parliament.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
First Published30 Jun 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

The Narendra Modi government at the Centre is considering the introduction of a bill on implementing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC during the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. highly -placed sources have revealed to India Today that the bill may be referred to the parliamentary standing committee, which will seek input from various stakeholders on the matter of a uniform civil code. LiveMint could not independently verify the report.

This development follows a notice issued by the Law Commission of India, wherein it sought the opinions of stakeholders on this issue. The parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law, and justice recently scheduled a meeting to discuss the UCC and announced its intention to gather the views of stakeholders. 

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Members of the committee, including BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Modi, have been informed that their input on the UCC will be sought and considered during the meeting, which is scheduled for July 3.

The concept of a uniform civil code involves the formulation and implementation of personal laws that would apply to all citizens of India, irrespective of their religion, sex, gender, or sexual orientation. At present, personal laws are governed by religious scriptures within various communities. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has argued in favour of uniform laws for all citizens, highlighting the importance of equality as enshrined in the Constitution.

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On June 14, the Law Commission of India invited the public and recognized religious organisations to provide their views and ideas on the Uniform Civil Code. This move demonstrates the commission's commitment to examining this issue in a comprehensive manner.

The implementation of a uniform civil code would harmonise personal laws and ensure equal treatment for all citizens. The government's intention to table a bill on this matter underscores its efforts to promote equality and uphold the principles enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

(With ANI inputs)

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