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Lok Sabha approves Rajya Sabha’s amendments to repeal outdated laws

Amendments to the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 and the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 were passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday approved amendments to two bills passed by the Rajya Sabha to repeal 1,053 outdated and redundant laws.

The amendments to the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 that seeks to repeal 758 old appropriation acts which have lost relevance, and The Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 to repeal 295 enactments, were passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by a voice vote.

The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 11 May 2015, while the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 was cleared on 6 August 2015.

Both the bills were passed by the Rajya Sabha with certain amendments on 17 April.

Appropriation laws are intended to operate for a limited period of time—authorizing expenditures for one financial year. Though these acts are not usually included in any list of central acts, either by the law ministry or elsewhere, these laws still technically remain in the books.

The bill is also in consonance with the recommendations of the select committee of the Rajya Sabha to have a repeal clause in the appropriation laws. The legislative department of the law ministry had also proposed that the repeal mechanism in vogue in the UK to systematically repeal appropriation laws usually two sessions in arrears may be followed.

The Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 seeks to repeal 295 acts and make minor amendments to two laws. The 295 laws that have been listed in the first schedule of the bill include over 20 laws that were passed before 1947.

Further, around 200 laws are amending acts, where the changes made by these laws have already been incorporated into the relevant principal acts.

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