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Bill introduced to change the name of Uttaranchal

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Government today introduced in the Lok Sabha a bill seeking to alter the name of the state of Uttaranchal to '' Uttarakhand.'' The Uttaranchal (Alteration of Name) Bill 2006 was introduced by minister of state for Home Manikrao Gavit amid slogan shouting by BJP MPS in protest against the arrest of Party President Rajnath Singh in West Bengal.

According to the statement of objects and reasons in the bill, the Legislative Assembly of Uttaranchal adopted a resolution on October 5, 2005, that the name of the state of Uttaranchal should be changed to Uttarakhand.

While requesting the Centre to take necessary steps for altering the name of the state, the resolution cited that the public of the state was of the view that the name of the state should be "Uttarakhand" on the basis of mythology and history.

As required by the proviso to Article 3 of the Constitution, President A P J Abdul Kalam referred the Uttaranchal (Alteration of Name) Bill, 2006, to the state Legislature for expressing its views thereon. Since the state assembly had agreed to the provisions of the bill, it has been introduced in the Lok Sabha by amending the provisions of the Constitution and also by providing for consequential provisions.

UNI SH VD HT1332

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