Law panel recommends repeal of another 88 laws, ordinances

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) The Law Commission Tuesday submitted to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, its second report recommending outright repeal of 88 obsolete laws and permanent ordinances and partial repeal of another 25 laws that had either outlived their utility or came in the way of current laws.

Of the 88 laws recommended for complete repeal, 77 are laws and 11 are permanent ordinances promulgated during World War II. These war time ordinances were later adapted as laws by the Presidential Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950.

In its first interim report “Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal”, submitted to Prasad last month, the Law Commission had recommended 72 laws be scrapped.

The second report is titles “The Legal Enactments: Simplification and Streamlining”, cites261 laws which have been prima facie identified for repeal.

Twenty five laws that have been recommended for partial repeal concerns the state reorganisation laws “which cannot be repealed in their entirety, but may be suitable for partial repeal”.

The ordinances recommended for repeal includes War Injuries Ordinance, 1941, Collective Fines Ordinance, 1942, Armed Forces (Special Powers) Ordinance, 1942, War Gratuities (Income Tax Exemption) Ordinance, 1945, Military Nursing Service Ordinance, 1943 and Secunderabad Marriage Validating Ordinance, 1945.

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