Parliament has cleared the legislation to do away with the obsolete laws that has been not in use for a long time. For the reason of their non-suitability in the present times, the laws are referred to as antiquated laws. As soon it took over last year, the Union government had announced that it will move to repeal 36 redundant Acts, which still existed in the law books.
The laws included one which amends the marriage laws, Foreign Jurisdiction Act, Indian Fisheries Act, Sugar Undertaking Act among others. The laws which were drafted during the early years of the Union or under special circumstance long time back are now considered redundant. For instance, the Foreign Jurisdiction act was enacted in 1947 and provided for the government of the ‘Dominion of India’ to acquire jurisdiction in relation to areas outside India, which has no relevance anymore.
“The Bill is one of those periodical measures by which enactments which have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete,” said the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill.
The bill to clear the statute books of these antiquated laws was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December last year and the Rajya Sabha earlier this month. However, it had to be referred back to the lower house for certain technical amendments made by the upper house.
Termed as ‘Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015′ the legislation will render certain Amendment Acts and Principal Acts from the statute books as they have outlived their utility.
This is the first time since 2001 that such an exercise is being undertaken by the Law Ministry in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda to do away with certain archaic laws that were hindering efficient governance.
The Amendment Acts which are sought to be repealed through this bill include amendments to the Representation of the People Act, Marriage Act, Election Laws, Divorce Laws and Anand Marriage Act and the Evidence Act. Two of the stand-alone Acts which will also be repealed through the bill are Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1947, and Sugar Undertaking (Taking Over of Management) Act.
Between 1950 and 2001, over 100 Acts have been repealed. At one time, 100 such Acts were repealed in one go.