New Law Commission will examine issue of uniform civil code, Law Minister responds to BJP MP

Last year, Nishikant Dubey had raised the issue of a Uniform Civil Code during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha

February 04, 2022 11:49 am | Updated 01:54 pm IST - New Delhi:

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, December 21, 2021

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, December 21, 2021

The new Law Commission could take up the issue of Uniform Civil Code, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has informed BJP member Nishikant Dubey in a letter.

During the winter session of Parliament last year, on December 1, Mr. Dubey had raised the issue of a Uniform Civil Code during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha.

Responding to the issue, Mr. Rijiju in a letter, said the issue required in-depth study of the provisions of various personal laws governing different communities and given the sensitivity of the subject matter, the issue was referred to the 21 Law Commission.

“However, the term of the 21st Law Commission ended on 31.08.2018. The matter may be taken up by the 22nd Law Commission of India,” the Law Minister said in his letter.

Mr. Rijiju also stated that Article 44 of the Constitution provided that the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territory of India.

In December 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing an event to mark the 60 anniversary of Goa’s Liberation, had hailed the Common Civil Code of Goa.

The issue of Uniform Civil Code, to replace the various personal laws governing different religious communities, has been among top political goals of the ruling BJP and figured in the party’s 2019 manifesto.

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