Law Commission On Uniform Civil Code: The Gujarat government has recently announced the formation of a committee to implement the Uniform Civil Code. The BJP has also promised UCC in the electoral state of Himachal Pradesh and the Union Law Ministry has finally made important appointments for the 22nd Law Commission, including the chairman. have been given. It is expected that the Law Commission can consider the Uniform Civil Code in detail.
Late on Monday (November 7), Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted saying – Retired Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Rituraj Awasthi will be the chairman of Law Commission. Former Kerala High Court Justice KT Sankaran, Professor Anand Paliwal, Professor, DP Verma, Professor Raka Arya and Shri M Karunanidhi have been made members of the commission.
Barely three and a half months with the new Law Commission?
The Law Commission advises the government on various legal issues. Its tenure is usually three years. The new Law Commission panel was notified two years ago i.e. in February 2020. There is hardly three-and-a-half months left for the commission’s three-year term to end. At such a time, the appointments made in the commission have led to speculation about the intention of the Government of India regarding the Uniform Civil Code. It is believed that the Narendra Modi government is trying to prepare a Uniform Civil Code as a major election issue before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP has been running for a long time with the issue of Uniform Civil Code. It was included in the manifesto of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by the BJP. BJP-ruled states- Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Goa have talked about implementing Uniform Civil Code.
Law Minister’s reply regarding UCC
In January last year, in response to a question by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, Kiren Rijiju had referred to Article 44 of the Constitution and said that the government would try to secure a uniform civil code for the people throughout the region of India.
The Law Minister wrote in his reply that a proposal to examine the issues related to the Uniform Civil Code and make recommendations has been sent to the 21st Law Commission of India. However, the term of the 21st Law Commission ended on 31 August 2018. Rijiju had said that the 22nd Law Commission can take up the matter. At the same time, in a reply to Parliament, Kiren Rijiju had said that the issues related to UCC will be considered by the Law Commission.
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