State asked to Repeal Obsolete Laws

Published: 15th April 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has asked the State Government to take steps to repeal obsolete and redundant laws which have lost their significance.

Official sources said Sanjay Singh, Secretary in Ministry of Law and Justice, has written a letter to State Governments to start the process soon.

The Law Commission had identified 289 obsolete laws. Out of 289 such enactments, 62 have been identified by the Centre to be repealed with immediate effect by the State Governments.

The Governments will have to take steps to repeal such enactments by the respective State Legislatures.

The Ramanujam Committee constituted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has recommended that 1741 archaic and obsolete enactments should be repealed.

Out of 1741 enactments, 83 will have to be repealed by the State Governments.

In addition, there are 144 State Appropriation Acts enacted since 1977 which will have to be repealed by respective State Legislatures.

If recommendations of both the Ramaujam Committee and Law Commission are taken into account, the State Governments will have to repeal 289 obsolete laws.

Minister of State for Law Arun Sahu admitted that Odisha also has several obsolete enactments which          have lost their relevance.

He, however, said the State Government is yet to start the process to repeal the obsolete laws.

These redundant Acts are needed to be repealed by the State Legislature.


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