The Union Cabinet approved the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 on 20 March 2015. The bill is intended to repeal 758 Appropriation Acts passed by the Parliament.
The list of acts to be repealed includes Appropriation Acts [including Appropriation (Railways) Acts] enacted between 1950 and 2012 and 111 State Appropriation Acts enacted by the Parliament between 1950 and 1976.
Repealing of above acts 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.
The above step by the cabinet is in consonance with the recommendations of the Commission on Review of Administrative Laws (P.C. Jain Commission) which gave its Report in 1998.The committee has recommended the repeal of 700 Appropriation Acts passed by the Parliament from time to time since 1950.
The 20th Law Commission of India headed by Justice (retd) AP Shah in its 248th Report titled Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal had also recommended for the same.
The Select Committee of Rajya Sabha had also recommended having a repeal clause in the Appropriation Acts. The government is contemplating to include such clause in the Appropriation Act, 2016.
Earlier on 18 March 2015, the Lok Sabha passed the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014 with an aim to repeal 35 archaic laws.
On 8 December 2014, the Lok Sabha passed the Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014 which sought to repeal 90 laws and pass amendments to two laws.
When: 20 March 2015