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Cabinet approves introduction of Bill to repeal 105 existing Acts

The Union Cabinet has approved for introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to repeal another 105 Acts from the law book.

A two-member committee constituted by the PMO, the Law Commission of India and the Legislative Department had identified 1,824 redundant and obsolete Central Acts for repeal.  

After careful examination and consultation with various Ministries and Departments in the Government, four Acts have been enacted to repeal 1175 Central Acts (during the period May, 2014 to August, 2016) by Parliament.

These are:  The Repealing and Amending Act, 2015 (17 of 2015) repealing 35 Acts; The Repealing and Amending (Second) Act, 2015 (19 of 2015) repealing 90 Acts; The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Act, 2016 (22 of 2016) repealing 756;  Appropriation Acts including Appropriation (Railways) Acts; and the Repealing and Amending Act, 2016 (23 of 2016) repealing 294 Acts.

Of these identified 1,824 Acts, as many as 227 Acts (including Appropriation Acts enacted by Parliament for the States under President’s Rule) are identified to be repealed by State Governments. States have been requested to take necessary action to repeal these.

A list of the remaining 422 Central Acts was circulated among all the Ministries and Departments for their comments on repeal of Acts. As of now, 73 Ministries and Departments including Legislative Department have agreed to repeal 105 Acts and rejected repealing of 139 Acts.”

By TIS Staffer
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