The Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli will become a single union territory on January 26. The two existing union territories currently share a common administrator and government officials. The town of Daman will be as the capital of the new combined union territory. The appointed day for the act to come into effect has been notified as 26 January 2020 by the Government of India.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of section 2 of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Act, 2019 (44 of 2019), the central government hereby appoints the 26th day of January, 2020, as the appointed day for the purposes of the said Act,” according to a Home Ministry notification issued by additional secretary Govind Mohan. Both UTs were under Portuguese rule for a long time and were liberated in December, 1961.
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From 1961 to 1987, Daman and Diu was part of the UT of Goa, Daman and Diu. In 1987, when Goa got statehood, Daman and Diu was made a separate UT. Dadra and Nagar Haveli was occupied by the Portuguese in June, 1783. Residents of Dadra and Nagar Haveli got themselves liberated from Portuguese rule on August 2, 1954. From, 1954 to 1961, the territory was administered by a citizen’s council called the Varishta Panchayat of Free Dadra and Nagar Haveli. In 1961, it was merged with the Republic of India and made a Union Territory.