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Passage of General Civil Code Bill in Uttarakhand Assembly
  • Different procedures are followed in each religion regarding marriage, divorce, adoption and inheritance. Instead, the central BJP government is trying to introduce a 'Common Civil Code' across the country that would make all religions follow the same law. 
  • In this regard, the people of the country were also asked for their opinion through the Law Commission last year. Meanwhile, a 5-member committee headed by retired Justice Ranjana Desai was formed to draft the General Civil Code Bill in BJP-ruled Uttarakhand. The 172-page General Civil Code drafted by the committee has 392 sections.
  • A special session of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly was convened on Monday to table the General Civil Code Bill. On the 2nd day, Tuesday, when the Assembly met, the Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Thami tabled the General Civil Code Bill.
  • After discussion in the assembly, the General Civil Code Bill was passed by voice vote with the support of majority of the members on Wednesday. Subsequently, the Bill has been sent to the Governor for his assent. Once the bill is approved by the Governor, the General Civil Code will come into force in Uttarakhand.
  • The General Civil Code Bill tabled in the Uttarakhand Assembly exempts only tribal communities. The bill prohibits polygamous marriages. Also, the Bill contains general provisions on remarriage and divorce.
  • Similarly, like marriages, those who wish to be in a live-in relationship are also required to register with the government. It has been informed that legal action will be taken against the culprits.
The central government has revised the wheat stock limit for traders/wholesalers, retailers, mass retailers and processors
  • To manage overall food security and prevent hoarding and unscrupulous speculation, the Central Government has revised the stock limits of wheat applicable to traders/wholesalers, retailers, mass retailers and processors in all states and union territories. 
  • The Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Certain Food Products (Amendment) Order, 2023 was published on June 12. It will be applicable to all states and UTs till 31 March 2024.
  • As part of ongoing efforts to moderate wheat prices, the central government has decided to revise the wheat stock limit. Accordingly the stock limit for traders / wholesalers has been changed from 1000 MT to 500 MT. 5 MT for each retail outlet remains unchanged.
  • 5 MT per warehouse and 1000 MT in all warehouses of large chain retailers has been revised to 5 MT in each warehouse and 500 MT in all warehouses. If the inventory with the above companies exceeds the prescribed limit, they shall bring it within the prescribed stock limit within 30 days of the notification. 
  • The enforcement of these stock limits will be closely monitored by officials of the central and state governments to ensure that there is no artificial shortage of wheat in the country. Also, the Food and Public Supplies Department is closely monitoring the stock situation of wheat to control wheat prices and ensure easy availability in the country.

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