daman n diu bill

The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019


Introduced by

Mr Amit Shah

Minister of Home Affairs


The bill proposes to merge two UTs Dadar and Nagar Haweli and Daman and Diu into one unit to ensure better management, cost reduction and uniformity in policies.


Salient Points ()

The bill proposes to merge two Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli with Daman and Diu

The new UT will be named as Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu

Assets and Liabilities of both the UTs will be merged and will belong to new UT

The new UT will be allocated two seats in Lok Sabha, one seat each

There will be no change in SC/STs reservation


Background Basics ()

The two Union Territories share a similar history, culture, language and administrative setup

Parallel departments only resulted in inefficiency, duplicity, wasted manpower and wastage of expenditure.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli had only one district, while the Daman and Diu had two

The distance between the two UT islands is just 35 km but both had different budget


Key Stats ()

Total population of merged UT


Distance between two UT islands

35 km


26 Nov 2019
27 Nov 2019
03 Dec 2019

WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

This will increase their administrative ease and ensure development.

Merging both UTs will bring uniformity in policies

It will improve service delivery and reduce paperwork

This will also ensure better management of cadre of various employees

The merger will also reduce the administrative cost



Videos ()



UTs are formed majorly because of two reasons-

  • They were not part of India during independence
  • They were too small to make them a state as per Indian constitution



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