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Assembly passes resolution against implementation of UCC in Nagaland

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KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 12: The Nagaland Assembly today adopted a resolution to exempt the State from the purview of the application of Uniform Civil Code (UCC).
Moving the Government resolution on the second day of the monsoon session of the August House, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio highlighted that the Government of India (GoI) appointed the 22nd Law Commission of India on February 21, 2020, and extended its term up to August 31, 2024.
The Law Commission issued a public notice on June 14, 2023 inviting views and ideas from all stakeholders on the subject matter of having a UCC throughout India, he said.
However, he said, the Nagaland Government, through a Cabinet decision, had submitted its views on this subject to the Commission on July 4, conveying its opposition on the grounds of the unique history of Nagaland since the pre-Independent British era, the assurance of non-interference policy starting from pre-independence times and continued by GoI in the Social & Religious Practices and Customary Laws of the people, and the constitutional guarantees given under Article 371A; and strongly urging that Nagaland be completely exempted from the purview of UCC.
He also recalled that in the Consultative Meeting with various stakeholders on the subject of UCC organised by the State Government on September 1, the representatives of the various Tribal Organizations and civil societies have expressed their strong resentment and objection to the idea of having UCC.
Pointing that the apparent objective of the UCC is to have a single law on personal matters, such as marriage and divorce, custody and guardianship, adoption and maintenance, succession and inheritance, Rio said that the Government and Naga people are of the view that it would “pose a threat to customary laws, social practices and the religious practices of the Naga people, which will be in danger of encroachment in the event of imposition of UCC”.
Taking shield of Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India, Rio said it states, “Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, no Act of Parliament in respect of the religious or social practices of the Nagas, Naga customary law and procedures and administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary laws, and ownership and transfer of land and its resources shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides”.
Therefore, Rio proposed that the 14th House of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly hereby unanimously resolves for exemption from the proposed enactment of UCC in its application to the State of Nagaland.
The legislators on Monday elaborately deliberated on the consequences of having UCC in the State and the Nagaland Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer had granted leave to the Government to bring forth a resolution on Tuesday.
In this, Longkumer put the resolution to vote and it was adopted unanimously by voice vote without any amendment.
(Page New Service)