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New Delhi: The cabinet on Friday approved the introduction of a bill in Parliament that will repeal all appropriation acts, as part of the government’s efforts to repeal obsolete laws and reform India’s legal system.

The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015, will do away with 758 appropriation laws, including railways appropriation acts, and 111 state appropriation acts enacted by Parliament, the government said in a statement.

Appropriation Acts are intended to operate for a limited period of time to authorize expenditure for one financial year or less.

Though these laws are not usually included in any list of central laws, either by the law ministry or elsewhere, these laws technically remain on the books. Repealing these will not cause any negative impact on actions that were validly taken under these laws. It will, however, clean up the statute books.

The select committee of the Rajya Sabha had suggested a repeal clause in the appropriation Acts. “However, such clause shall be provided when the enactment of the Appropriation Act, 2016, is undertaken where under the Appropriation Acts of 2013 shall be repealed," the government said.

It also gave its approval for the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana to give a fillip to the skill development initiative.

The scheme will have an outlay of 1,500 crore. The scheme will aim to skill train some 2.4 million youth over the next two years of which at least 1.4 million will be provided with monetary rewards of 8,000 each.

The monetary reward shall be given to trainees on assessment and certification by third-party assessment bodies.

“This will be the flagship scheme for skill training of youth to be implemented by the new ministry for skill development and entrepreneurship through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)," the cabinet said.

Out of the total outlay of 1,120 crore to be spent on skill training of 1.4 million youth and among other expenditures, the new skills ministry would spend 67 crore for “awareness building and mobilization efforts".

The cabinet statement said that under the scheme, training would be provided as per the industry requirements as measured by NSDC for the period 2013-17. “Skill training under the new scheme will primarily be focused on first-time entrants to the labour market and primarily target Class 10 and Class 12 dropouts."

The cabinet also approved making a reservation of 33% for women in direct recruitment in non-gazetted posts from constables to sub-inspector in the police forces of all Union territories, including Delhi Police.

“This decision will help in augmenting the representation of women in the police forces of all UTs and Delhi Police so as to make the police more gender-sensitive," the statement said.

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