Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live: Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill providing for repeal of 76 obsolete laws and the government said the move is part of continuous efforts towards ease of living and doing business. Rajya Sabha approved the Repeal and Amendment Bill, 2023 by voice vote.
The Lok Sabha had approved this bill on July 27 this year. In December last year, the government had introduced the Repeal and Amendment Bill to abolish 65 old laws. But this bill could not come up for discussion in various sessions.
The government later moved an amendment to add 11 more laws to the list, taking the total number of such laws to 76. The bill proposes to repeal old laws like the Land Acquisition (Mines) Act, 1885 and the Telegraph Wire (Unlawful Encroachment) Act, 1950.
The Bill also has a provision to repeal some Appropriation Acts recently passed by the Parliament. Responding to the discussion on the bill, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said that since coming to power in 2014, the Narendra Modi government has repealed 1,486 dormant laws to make life easier. He said that with the addition of 76 more laws, 1,562 such laws have now been included in this list.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla can write a letter to the Home Ministry requesting to review the security of Parliament in view of the incident of two persons jumping from the audience gallery of the House. Sources in Parliament said that Birla discussed this incident in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The leaders were informed about this in the meeting of political parties called for.
In the all-party meeting, Trinamool Congress cited the expulsion of its MP Mahua Moitra and demanded action against BJP member Pratap Simha. Sagar Sharma, one of the two people who jumped from the audience gallery in the Lok Sabha, had his lower house (audience gallery) pass made on the recommendation of Simha. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said that the members mentioned various shortcomings in the security arrangements during the meeting with the Lok Sabha Speaker.