PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today said that he is willing to make amendments to Goa Civil Code.
“First of all, I say that there is a Uniform Civil Code, it is necessary to know first, in this we have already been following in our state” said Sawant
He further said that Birth registration is compulsory in this, death registration is compulsory, marriage registration is compulsory, and there is no ban on registration of any caste and religion. And the fourth and most important equal property right is given after marriage.’
“Be it a boy or girl, they become 50% entitled when they marry each other. So what is the crime of being entitled to property’ So I think there is no drawback to following Uniform Civil Code. At present, more than 27% of the population which lives in Goa is minority,” he added
Sawant said that he have been following UCC for a very long time. So there has been no problem in Goa, so I have to say that it is a matter of great pride for Goa to follow the Uniform Civil Code.
“I think, the Law Commission should see how we are following our UCC in Goa that too for 60 years. And no one has any problem then it is necessary to study that too and same way it can be practised in other states,” he added
The Goa Civil Code is a set of civil laws that governs the residents of the coastal state irrespective of their religion and ethnicity.
Citing various positives of the UCC, Sawant said rather than impacting minorities, it ensures equal rights for women.
The UCC refers to a common set of laws governing personal matters such as marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance, and succession, that would apply to all citizens irrespective of their religion, caste and gender.