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Lok Sabha passes bill to repeal 35 archaic laws

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Published on March 20, 2015 with No Comments



Members in Rajya Sabha complained that mosquitoes are troubling them inside the House in the evening hours and sought remedial measures like fumigation. The issue was raised by Bollywood actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan while she was participating in a discussion on General Budget.”Sir, there is complaint. There are mosquitoes in the House after 6 pm when the House is extended. There should be fumigation,” the Samajwadi Party member said. To this, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said it was a good suggestion and measures will be taken in this regard.

Before the matter could settle down, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla joined Bachchan and told the Chair: “It is hurting us, sir.”In lighter vein, she added, “We all come here after getting elected but mosquitoes come just like that into the House!”She said the Chair should protect the members from mosquitoes.


Seeking to weed out archaic and dead laws, the Lok Sabha ¬†approved a bill to repeal as many as 35 legislations.”This is an initial step taken by the new government. We will see in a span of one or two years…The statute book will be cleared. And there will be no confusion as far as disposal of cases are concerned”, Law Minister Sadananda Gowda said.

He was replying to a debate on ‘The Repealing and Amending Bill 2014’, which was later passed by voice vote.The government initially proposed to repeal 36 laws but Employment of Manual Scavenging and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 was withdrawn from the list following observations by the Standing Committee.”These laws at present are of no use and such dead laws create confusion if they continue in the statute books,” he said.

Out of the 36 acts proposed to be repealed, four were principal acts and others were amendments to the various acts.The Acts which are sought to be repealed include amendments to the Representation of the People Act, Marriage Act, Election Laws, Divorce Laws and Anand Marriage Act and the Evidence Act.The remaining three principal acts which have been repealed are Foreign Jurisdiction Act, Sugar Undertaking (Taking Over of Management) Act and Indian Fisheries Act.

The decision is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda to do away with archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance.

Between 1950 and 2001 over a hundred Acts have been repealed. At one time, 100 such Acts were repealed in one go.


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