The government said on Thursday that it was not proposing to set up a committee to implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and added that it had asked the Law Commission to consider various questions on the matter and to make recommendations.
Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said this in response to a question from the Rajya Sabha.
“The Government has requested the Law Commission of India to undertake consideration of various issues relating to the Uniform Civil Code and make recommendations thereon,” the minister said in his written response.
Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha on July 22, Rijiju had said that no decision had been taken so far on the implementation of a uniform civil code in the country as the matter is pending.
The Minister had said that the legislative interventions ensure uniform gender and religion neutral laws. Article 44 of the Constitution provides that the State shall endeavor to provide the citizen with a uniform civil code throughout India.
He had also informed the lower house that personal laws, such as intestate and succession, wills, joint family and partition and marriage and divorce, relate to entry 5 of the list-III- concurrent listing of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution.
“…therefore, states are also empowered to legislate about them,” he said.
The 21st Law Commission has undertaken consideration of various Uniform Civil Code issues and has posted a consultation paper titled “Family Law Reform” on its website for broader discussions.
A uniform civil code was a poll promise made by the ruling BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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