No idea to bring Uniform Civil Code
The Modi government at the Center said that they have no idea at present to bring a Uniform Civil Code ie Uniform Civil Code across the country, but the state governments are free to bring such a law.
On behalf of the Center, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju made it clear in Parliament on Friday that the Center is currently not considering bringing a Uniform Civil Code across the country. He told that one of the reasons for this is that many cases are pending in this regard in the Supreme Court. After this, the central government has not taken any decision to implement the Uniform Civil Code.
Apart from this, the Law Minister also informed that according to the Constitution, the state governments have every right to implement the Uniform Civil Code in their state on their behalf.
The Law Commission has sought public opinion on its website regarding reforms in family law. This law covers most of the issues related to the Uniform Civil Code. This statement of the Center comes at a time when the Uttarakhand government is working fast on implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state.
On July 14, the second meeting of the expert committee constituted to prepare the draft Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand was held in New Delhi. Government sources said the meeting of the committee, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, was attended by other members and discussed various aspects of the Uniform Civil Code.
In the meeting, experts expressed the hope that the draft of the Uniform Civil Code would soon be prepared and handed over to the state government. PLC/GT