The Uniform Civil Code will soon be implemented in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Friday after a committee of experts set up by the state government announced a draft is ready.
In a tweet, he said, "As per the promise made to the people of the state, today on June 30, the committee formed to prepare the draft of the Uniform Civil Code has completed its work."
"Soon #UniformCivilCode will be implemented in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand," Dhami said in the tweet in Hindi.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, who heads the panel, told a press conference in Delhi that the draft of the proposed UCC for Uttarakhand is ready and would soon be submitted to the state government.
Desai said the panel has drafted the code taking into account all shades of opinion and looking into various statutes and laws, including the statutory framework in select countries.
Chief Minister Dhami at a literary programme here said the draft of the UCC has been prepared after taking into account the opinions of more than 2 lakh people over a period of more than one and a half years.
The draft has been prepared after talking to all organisations, institutions and other stakeholders, he said.
"Efforts have been made to draft a code which treats everyone equally, no matter which religion, caste, community or sect he or she belongs to. We will implement it as soon as we receive the draft," he said.
The programme was organised to honour distinguished literary figures from Uttarakhand.
Dhami said India's erudite Constitution makers had made a provision for the UCC in the Constitution.
The chief minister said he had made a promise to the people of the state on February 12 last year to bring a UCC.
"By giving an opportunity to a political party (BJP) to form the government for two consecutive terms, people of the state have given their stamp of approval on it," Dhami said.
BJP's Vikasnagar MLA Munna Singh Chauhan said the country needed a UCC, provisions for which has been made in the Constitution.
Like the abrogation of Article 370 and instant triple talaq being made a criminal offence, implementation of UCC would be another historic measure, he said.
- With PTI Input