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LS passes 2 bills to repeal 245 old laws

Some 1824 acts were repealed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins of the government

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


The on Tuesday passed two Bills to 245 obsolete and archaic laws, including the 158-year-old Pilots Act of 1859 and the 1911 Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act.

Minister said the old and many irrelevant pre-independence laws were the "unfortunate part of the colonial legacy" and repealing them was a progressive move that reflects the "pro-reform" approach of the

He was replying to a debate on the Repealing and Amending Bill and the Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill which would these age-old laws.

Some of the old acts that have been repealed are the Hackney Carriage Act 1879 which was legislated for the regulation and control of hackney-carriages, Dramatic Performance Act 1876 when theatre was being used a medium of protest against the British rule.

Another such old act which was repealed by the was 'The Ganges Tolls Act, 1867' which provided for collecting toll "not exceeding 12 annas" on certain boats and steamers plying on the Ganga to improve navigation of the river between (UP) and Dinapore (Bihar).

Prasad said 1029 old laws were first repealed by Parliament in 1950 and the last time such old laws were abolished during the Atal Behari Vajpayee that repealed old laws in 2004.

After the Modi came to power a two-member panel was set up to look into the repealing of archaic laws and the panel also consulted the Centre and the before recommending the legislations to be repealed.

Some 1824 acts were repealed after took over the reins of the government, the minister said.

When Prasad spoke on abolishing the Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act, 1911, he was needled by BJD who alluded to the use of the provision in the Indian Penal Code against opposition activists by the BJP governments in certain states.

To this, the Minister said that all senior ministers in the BJP government including the had vehemently opposed Emergency in 1975 and his government was in favour of the freedom of the press.

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BJD lauded the government and said 1301 "obsolete" laws were repealed in last 65 years, but after the took over 1824 legislations were repealed but the pace has to be accelerated.

BJP said abolishing of old laws was "swachchata abhiyan" by the House, drawing a parallel to the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, the flagship programme of the Modi dispensation.

MP demanded repealing of Article 370, while Narendra Sawaikar, from Goa, said his state was the only one to practise the Uniform Civil Code.

First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 00:17 IST