Lok Sabha passed Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015

May 8, 2015 11:00 IST

Lok Sabha on 7 May 2015 gave its nod for the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015 which seeks to repeal 36 archaic laws either partially or entirely as they have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete.

With this, the bill has been passed by both the houses of Parliament as Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 5 May 2015.

Out of the 36 acts, four acts will be repealed entirely. These include The Indian Fisheries Act, 1897, The Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1947 and The Sugar Undertakings (Taking over of Management) Act, 1978.

The remaining 32 Acts that are being repealed are amendments to principal Acts. These include amendments to the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, Anand Marriage Act, 1909 the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 among others.

A similar bill, the Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 8 December 2014 and is lying with the Rajya Sabha. It is sought to repeal 90 laws and pass amendments to two laws. Out of 90 laws, 88 laws will be repealed completely.

The passage of The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015 by the Parliament is in tune with the Union government’s objective of repealing the obsolete laws as they have outlived their utility.

Around 1741 laws in the country have become redundant but still they are in existence. In this regard the BJP-led NDA government had identified certain Appropriation Acts that needs to be repealed. These Acts pertain to the domain of Union Finance Ministry and Railway Ministry.

In lieu of this, the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 24 April 2015 which intended to repeal 758 Acts passed by the Parliament including Appropriation Acts [including also, Appropriation (Railways) Acts] enacted between 1950 and 2012 and 111 State Appropriation Acts enacted by the Parliament between 1950 and 1976.

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