New Delhi, Nov.24:
After reorganization of J&K, the Narendra Modi Government has decided to merge two Union Territories — Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli into one and a Bill to this effect is expected to be tabled in Parliament next week. The merged UT is likely to be named as Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and its headquarters could be Daman and Diu.
The move comes three months after reorganization of J&K into two UTs – J&K, and Ladakh. Union Minister Arjun Meghwal on Friday said in the Lok Sabha that 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.
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 has two.
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. The idea is to reduce duplication of work since the two UTs are just about 35 km apart,” officials said. The two UTs share a similar history and culture and have a common administrator.