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The government introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to merge the two UTs

G Kishan Reddy

Recently, the counting of Union Territories in India raised to 8 to 9 after the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. But soon it will decline to 8 as the present Union Minister of State, G. Kishan Reddy has exhibited the “The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill 2019” in Lok Sabha. The bill is on its way to being a law, passing the hurdle of Lok Sabha with a high majority when voted verbally.

After obtaining clearance from both the houses and the honourable President of India, the new union territory will have a combined population of 585764 citizens and an area of 603 square kilometres. Historically, both the provinces sustain similar Portuguese culture and joined independent India posterior to 1947, i.e. in the early 1960s.    

Prior to the current scenario when governed under Portuguese administration, the two Union Territories were administered under Daman. The merger is expected to bring an administrative efficiency reducing the workload of administrative expenditure. Being two different provinces budget, scheming and various other paper works have to be carried out individually for each province. Thus, merging the two closely located and geographically small provinces could lead to effective governance, faster development and administrative cost-cutting in the resulted province.

 In Lok Sabha, Mr Reddy told that the number of Lok Sabha seats would remain the same and the jurisdiction of Bombay High Court will remain as it is on the resulted province. The merged Union Territory will be named as the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

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