Govt plans to merge 2 UTs -- Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 22-11-2019 20:31 IST | Created: 22-11-2019 20:22 IST
Govt plans to merge 2 UTs -- Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Parliament of India (File Photo) Image Credit: ANI

Two Union Territories -- Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli -- will be merged into one and a bill in this effect will be tabled in Parliament next week, Union Minister Arjun Meghwal said in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The move comes three months after Jammu and Kashmir were bifurcated into two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill 2019 is part of the proposed government business for the next week, Meghwal said. Officials said the merger of the two UTs, located along the western coast near Gujarat, will be done for better administration and check duplications of various work.

So far, both the UTs have separate budgets and different secretariats even though they are just 35 km apart. Dadra and Nagar Haveli has just one district while Daman and Diu have two.

The merged UT is likely to be named as Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman, and Diu, and its headquarters could be Daman and Diu. On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two UTs.

The country currently has nine UTs after the creation of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. However, with the merger of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the number of UTs will come down to eight.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Tracking Fintech during COVID-19: Harnessing power of technology

Its abundantly clear now that as fintech cements its place in the financial sector, accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could open the sector to new possibilities by harnessing the power of technology to deliver financial ...

Tectonic turns: How technology shaped healthcare over the decades

Tracing an episodic evolution, with technology at the interface of human and his health....

World Water Day sees crises of inequality in countries both rich and poor

... ...

Privacy and data protection: Reviewing notable policy frameworks

The evolved privacy principles and the resulting legislation across the world primarily aim to force the data collector to define the purpose for which the data is being collected along with the need to obtain explicit consent for the said ...

Videos

Latest News

Kane is one of the best in the world: Maguire ahead of Tottenham clash

Ahead of the match against Tottenham, Manchester Uniteds Harry Maguire praised oppositions player Harry Kane, terming him one of the best in the world and said he is ready for the battle against his England teammate. Manchester United will ...

Shopian encounter: How a mosque was saved and five terrorists killed

The terrorists were inside the mosque and security forces, as well as a host of anxious locals, outside. The situation in Kashmirs Shopian town was volatile and the challenge was to flush out the five men while protecting the place of worsh...

Saveetha Medical College inks pact with Smile Train to support free cleft surgery for underprivileged children

Private health care provider Saveetha Medical College and Hospital has inked a pact with a leading cleft organisation Smile Train to drive early diagnosis and intervention for children born with clefts.The partnership aims at creating aware...

SC asks Centre, four states to respond on plea seeking repeal of provisions criminalising begging

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre and four states, including Maharashtra and Gujarat, to file their response within three weeks on a plea seeking a direction to repeal the provisions criminalising begging.A bench of justices Ashok Bhus...

Give Feedback