Narendra Modi keeps his promise on Obsolete Laws - 90 go

Finally, the Parliament of India paved way to get rid of laws and enactments which are being blindly followed since British rule and had become irrelevant in these times effecting the governance. To make the governance more robust, the Lok Sabha on Monday cleared a Bill to repeal laws that have become redundant or obsolete or have lost relevance in modern times. The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014, was passed after Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda assured the House that the Bill need not be sent to the Standing Committee as it does not involve repeal of any principal Act.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a view that obsolete laws should be repealed, adding that the Central Government was making efforts to bring another Amendment Bill for repealing 'obsolete laws'. The Law Minister said the Centre was considering Amendments to some laws, including the Arbitration Act and Motor Vehicles Act to bring down pendency of cases in the courts.

Members from the Congress and CPI-M of the view that the Bill should be sent to the Standing Committee. Besides this, the Bill amends some provisions of two Acts, the Railways (Amendment) Act, 2008, and the Indian Maritime University Act, 2008, to rectify typographical errors. The Bill makes it clear that once the measure becomes an Act, it will not affect any other law in force. The aforesaid Bill seeks to repeal 90 laws, and pass Amendments to two laws. Of these 90 Acts, some 88 are being repealed entirely as they are Amendment Acts and the changes have been incorporated into the principal Acts.

For instance, the Railways (Amendment) Act, 2008 will let the Government to acquire land for its operations easily. This also means that the State Government or the Union territory, as the case may be, shall for the purposes of land acquisition provide the details of the land records to the competent authority, whenever required. The competent authority shall cause the substance of the notification to be published in two local newspapers, one of which shall be in a vernacular language.

The Bill will also let Railways to carry out work like marking levels, boundaries and lines placing marks and cutting trenches. Apart from these, the Amendment Acts also seek to repeal the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Act, 2010, The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 2008, The Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the Banking Laws (Amendment) Act, 2012. 'The Bill is one of those periodical measures by which enactments which have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete or the retention whereof as separate Act is unnecessary are repealed…,' said the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill.

Likewise, Indian Maritime University Act, 2008 establishes and incorporates teaching and affiliating University at the national level to facilitate and promote maritime studies and research and to achieve excellence in areas of marine science and technology, marine environment and other related fields, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. This Act too was Amended for typographical errors.

The Bill further states that the amendments under this Act will not affect any Act in which such enactment has been applied, incorporated or referred to. This also means that the Act shall not affect the validity, invalidity, effect or consequences of anything already done or suffered, or any right, title, obligation or liability already acquired, accrued or incurred, or any remedy or proceeding in respect thereof, or any release or discharge of or from any debt, penalty, obligation, liability, claim or demand, or any indemnity already granted, or the proof of any past Act or thing. With this many more reforms can be carried out by the Government of India enabling better services to the people of India. So far, almost 100 acts have been amended between 1950 and 2001.

Courtesy Niti Central


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