Bill to repeal 105
ancient, redundant laws
introduced in Lok Sabha
February 09, 2017
A 150-year-old law
providing for collection of toll from steamers and boats plying
on river Ganga to improve navigation and another seeking to
prevent dissemination of publications “harmful” to the youth,
are among the 105 redundant Acts that could be repealed in the
According to the Repealing and Amending Bill 2017 introduced in
the Lok Sabha on Thursday by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,
the laws which amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
and the ones dealing with salaries and pensions of the President
and the vice-president will also be repealed.
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 Allahabad
(UP) and Dinapore (Bihar) is also in the list of laws which are
to be repealed. In 1993, the law commission had recommended its
A 165-year-old law which enabled remunerating the sheriffs of
Calcutta, Madras and Bombay for executing court orders is also
heading for the chopping block.
The 105 laws which would be repealed once the bill is passed by
Parliament, include 2008 amendments to the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act, the Presidents Emoluments and Pension Act, the
Vice-Presidents Pension Act, the Sheriffs Fees Act, 1852 and the
Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, 1956.
A two-member committee constituted by the PMO, the law
commission and the legislative department had identified 1824
redundant and obsolete Central Acts for repeal.
Four Acts have so far been enacted to repeal 1175 central laws
between May, 2014 and August, 2016 by Parliament.
Of the 1824 Acts, 227 including Appropriation Acts enacted by
the parliament for the states under President’s Rule have been
identified for repeal by the respective state governments.
Various ministries have also “disagreed” to the repealing of
about 139 Acts due to various reasons.
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