Central government repeals 120 obsolete laws


ParliamentMore than 120 obsolete laws have been repealed by the Narendra Modi government, while another 945 are awaiting Parliamentary approval to lose their place in statute books.

With the passage of two bills in Parliament, 125 archaic laws have been repealed. Once the two bills pending Parliamentary approval are cleared, another 945 laws will be repealed, according to the data compiled by Legislative Department of the Law Ministry.

“We have identified 1,871 more laws which have lost relevance. We plan to bring bills to get them repealed,”, secretary, Legislative Department in the Law Ministry, Sanjay Singh said.

This is the first time since 2001 that such an exercise is being undertaken by the Law Ministry in line with PM Narendra Modi’s agenda to do away with archaic laws hindering efficient governance.

Between 1950 and 2001, more than 100 acts were repealed. A bill to repeal 758 Appropriation Acts, including Railways (Appropriation) Acts, which have lost relevance and are clogging the statute books, was introduced in Lok Sabha recently.

A large number of Appropriation Acts passed in the past several years have lost their meaning but these are still shown on statute books. Appropriation Acts are intended to operate for a limited period of time – authorising expenditures for the duration of one financial year.




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