ANI Photo | Our expert committee will see aligning of UCC and polygamy ban bill: Assam CM

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on February 12 the state government is actively working on aligning the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and the Polygamy Ban Bill, following discussions held during the last cabinet meeting.

“The Assam cabinet has deliberated on both the UCC and the Polygamy Ban Bill. While we were previously focused on the polygamy ban bill, we are now working on aligning both legislations to ensure robust legislation,” stated CM Sarma.

He emphasized the importance of maintaining religious diversity and ensuring a proper balance in the state. “We believe in preserving the religious status quo. Regardless of one’s faith – whether Muslim, Christian, or Hindu – we advocate for respecting individual beliefs,” he added.

Highlighting the significance of curbing evangelism in Assam, CM Sarma mentioned the recent passing of the Healing Prohibition Act in the last cabinet meeting. “The banning of the healing act will be a significant milestone in preserving religious harmony in Assam,” he remarked.

Addressing the issue of polygamy, Himanta Biswa Sarma underscored the need for a uniform policy across the country. “While the UCC aims to ban polygamy as a civil offense, we are considering making it a criminal offense. We are working towards aligning these two aspects,” he explained.

Regarding child marriage, CM Sarma stated that significant progress has been made, with child marriages now halted in 70 percent of areas in the state.

Discussing the new scheme, Punya Tirth Yojana – Ayodhya Pilgrimage, announced in the state budget for 2024-25, CM Sarma revealed that Assam plans to send 25,000 pilgrims to Ayodhya during the financial year 2024-25.

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