Parliament has passed the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today.
The Lok Sabha has already approved it. The bill seeks to repeal certain enactments and to amend certain other enactments. It provides for repealing fifty-eight old Laws including the Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1976, and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2001 which have no relevance today.
Besides it also seeks to make minor amendments to the Income Tax Act, 1961 and the India Institutes of Management Act, 2017.
Replying to a debate on the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stressed on the need for periodic review of old and obsolete laws so that they can be scrapped. He thanked the members for supporting the bill.
Earlier, moving the bill in the House, Mr Prasad said, through this bill the government proposes to repeal 58 old Laws which have no relevance at present, He said, when the NDA government came to power in 2014, it started identifying obsolete laws and it has so far repealed 1428 such laws. He said, periodic review of old laws must be the part of governance.