President Droupadi Murmu Applauds Goa’s ‘Common Civil Code’ as a National Model

President Droupadi Murmu has hailed Goa’s implementation of a ‘common civil code’ as a matter of pride for the state and a shining example for the entire nation. During her three-day visit to Goa, President Murmu conveyed her admiration for the state’s progressive approach at a civic reception held at Raj Bhavan.

Commending Goa’s cosmopolitan culture, the president highlighted the equal status women enjoy within the state. She pointed out that women are treated on par with men, a reflection of the state’s inclusive values. She also acknowledged that over 60% of higher education students in Goa are women, underscoring the need for increased female participation in the state’s workforce.

President Murmu underscored, “It is a matter of pride for Goa that the people here have adopted a common civil code.” This reference was to the Portuguese Civil Code, a colonial-era legislation applicable to individuals of all faiths.

The common civil code’s emphasis on gender equality for all communities is a testament to Goa’s cosmopolitan character and its alignment with the nation’s Constitution. President Murmu lauded this progressive practice, highlighting its potential as an exemplary model for the country.

While the debate around a Uniform Civil Code continues at the national level, with the Law Commission seeking input from various stakeholders, Goa’s adoption of its own ‘common civil code’ stands as a forward-looking and inclusive measure.

President Murmu also praised Goa’s ‘Atmanirbhar Goa’ initiative, which has gained recognition across the country for its self-reliance focus. She also acknowledged the state’s achievements in sustainable development, highlighting its commitment to holistic progress.

Notable attendees at the reception included Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and Union Minister Shripad Naik.

As a symbolic gesture of empowerment, President Murmu presented letters under the Forest Rights Act to six members of tribal communities, affirming their rights to their lands.

Governor Pillai, in his remarks, emphasized Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of social freedom alongside political independence. He expressed the belief that Gandhi would have been gratified to witness President Murmu’s leadership as a realization of this vision.

In essence, President Droupadi Murmu’s appreciation of Goa’s ‘common civil code’ not only reflects the state’s progressive ethos but also positions it as a beacon of inclusivity and unity for the entire nation.

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