UCC Issue: Why has the Law Commission started the consultation process on Uniform Civil Code? Government told in Parliament

Uniform Civil Code: On the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the government on Thursday (July 20) said that the Law Commission has initiated a fresh consultation due to the relevance, importance of the subject and several court orders in the matter. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the 21st Law Commission had issued a consultation paper on family law reforms on August 31, 2018. However, it (21st Law Commission) did not submit any report on the subject, he pointed out.

The law minister said, “As more than four years have elapsed from the date of issue of consultation paper in this regard, the 22nd Law Commission (existing panel)  considering the relevance, importance and various court orders of the subject of UCC, decided to hold consultations with the public and religious organizations at large on June 14, 2023.”

The Law Minister said this on the question of the procedure of UCC

Answering another question on the modalities of UCC, Union Minister Meghwal said that since the law panel is still in the process of consultation, the question of modalities does not arise. Last week, the law panel extended the deadline for public to send comments on the Uniform Civil Code till July 28. On June 14, the Law Commission had initiated a fresh consultation process on the UCC by seeking comments from stakeholders, including the public and recognized religious organisations, on the politically sensitive issue.

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