Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves MCOCA-like bill to check land mafia, organised crime
The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) was approved at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday approved the draft of a bill to enact a stringent law on the the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to combat land mafia, mining mafia and organised crimes in the state.
The bill is expected to be introduced in the Winter Session of the state legislature, which commences in Lucknow on Thursday.
The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) was approved at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, the state government spokesperson and Power minister Shrikant Sharma told mediapersons after the meeting.
"The rule of law is the top priority of the government and for this it is essential that those indulging in mafia, goonda activities and disturbing peace insociety are identified and a special drive is launched against them...the bill is being brought with this purpose in mind," Sharma said.
The draft of the proposed legislation has been prepared in consultation with the law department for effective check on organised crime, mafia and white collared crimes, he said.
The remarks come a day after the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy 2021-2030 was unveiled to steady the growing population in the state and reduce maternal and infant deaths in a time-bound manner
A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman had given an ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday to either "reconsider" its decision or the court will pass orders.
The apex court's direction came after the state government told the bench that it has decided to hold a symbolic Kanwar Yatra with appropriate COVID restrictions