Obsolete laws keep the Raj alive

The committee will examine "Acts and Rules which may have become obsolete within the last 10 to 15 years".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2014 2:13 am
The decision to set up the committee is a follow-up to Modi's first major statement after becoming Prime Minister that archaic laws hamper governance and need to be identified and weeded out. (Source: AP photo) The decision to set up the committee is a follow-up to Modi’s first major statement after becoming Prime Minister that archaic laws hamper governance and need to be identified and weeded out. (Source: AP photo)

Ministries following up on the Prime Minister’s instructions to do away with obsolete laws have discovered pieces of legislation up to 200 years old. This particular law, the Home Ministry has found, allowed the British monarch to review decisions of Indian provincial courts.

Even the Ministry of Minority Affairs, which was set up only in 2005, has discovered that a slip during the drafting of the Wakf (Amendment) Act 2013 — which was notified last September — has allowed the Musalman Wakf Validating Acts of 1913 and 1930 to stay valid till date. The cabinet secretariat has sent reminders to all ministries to draw up a list of the laws that need to be repealed. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the constitution of a committee to carry out a review to identify obsolete laws.

The committee, to be chaired by R Ramanujam, Secretary, PMO, will examine all acts recommended to be repealed by the Committee on Review of Administrative Laws appointed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1998. The PM had expressed concern that out of the 1,382 Acts recommended for repeal by that committee, only 415 had been repealed so far, an official release said.

The Urban Development Ministry has identified a law from 1949 which empowers the government to force hotels in Delhi to provide rooms to it on demand, and to reserve at least 20 per cent of rooms for government guests.

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First Published on: August 27, 2014 6:21 pm
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    Vivek Deo
    Aug 28, 2014 at 6:20 am
    I am in complete agreement with vision and ideology of Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modiji in his vision to repeal the archiac British Laws of pre Independence era. But the repealing requires a seperate repealing bill which needs to be seperately enacted which will definately require time instead atleast the major ones should go. But overall it is defianately commendable.
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      Bankimchandra Desai
      Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 am
      What about 60:40 System of Indian Economy? Will mixed economy continue ? 60 % Amul white money,accounted money.over table money 40% Black money unaccounted money,under table money President to Peon via Prime Minister every one knows it. No one wants to change the system .WHY?
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        DA
        Aug 28, 2014 at 4:40 am
        Criminal procedure codes should be modified. Well meaning laws meant to protect women can get extremely draconian in their implementation - their rampant misuse needs to be checked.
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          Biswajeeta Rath
          Aug 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm
          With Internet of Things picking its momentum in India..Its time to look into cyber laws and entrepreneurship in India.
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            mbhagawat
            Aug 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm
            my recommendation to he committee to replace the Petroleum act 1934 and rules thereon to check corruption,harrment delay in setting up petrol pumps by OMCs.Now Collector issues NOC which is full of corruption,delay nepotism,harrment.Also I would recommend Govt to enact law to file charge sheet or final report within mandatory 6 months by police and prosecution and if it fails the accused be released on bail.NO UTP be in jails,without bail as the Polcie delays filing CS or FF.Govt must act neutral.Accused shud not be languishing in jail as UTP as court fails justice in due time.All bail matters be heard by fast tract courts.
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              Sudarshan
              Aug 28, 2014 at 4:23 am
              Modi Ji, You are indeed a bold leader who want to reform India. Indians are indeed fool they listen Congressee and lost Atal Ji a great visionary leader of modern times.
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                Citizen
                Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm
                Good at last we got some one to clean the obsolete laws after 60 years. They served their usefulness for the time they were brought in but now they are of no use as per the needs of the society. Hope the committee would give their report in a time bound fashion so that they may be amended, altered, sed as per the requirements. Does this mean the previous rulers are oblivion to the needs of the law making/updating???They are busy with other things like SCAMS and protecting their chamchas and their chairs???? Jaihind
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                  Vijay S
                  Aug 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm
                  Modi Ji you are going Great. Beware of so called secularist .They will always oppose what ever you do.
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