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Bill to merge UTs Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu passed in LS
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Bill to merge UTs Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu passed in LS

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New Delhi, Nov 27: A bill that seeks to merge two Union Territories - Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli - into one was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Replying to the debate on Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill 2019, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the bill provides for better delivery of services to the citizens of both UTs by improving efficiency and reduction in paper work and in administrative expenditure.

The proposed law also seeks to bring uniformity in policies and schemes, their better monitoring and better management of cadres of various employees, he said.The First Schedule to the Constitution specifies the territories that come under various states and UTs.

The Bill amends the First Schedule to merge the territories of two UTs -- Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu. The merged territory will form the UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. This will come into effect from the day notified by the central government.

The central government may establish Advisory Committees to assist in ensuring fair treatment of all persons affected by these provisions and consideration of any representations made by them.

Representations against any service orders must be made within three months from the date of publication, or notice of the order, whichever is earlier.

These provisions will not apply to members of All India Services (such as Indian Administrative Services, Indian Police Services, and Indian Forest Services), and persons on delegation from any state.

The Bill provides that the jurisdiction of the High Court of Bombay will continue to extend to the merged UT.

So far, both the UTs have separate budgets and different secretariats even though they are just 35 kms apart.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli has just one district while Daman and Diu has two. (UNI)