Keeping up with a promise made during the election campaign in 2014, the Modi government is going ahead with repealing several archaic laws and acts in the country.
The government has already scrapped 1,200 redundant acts in three years as compared to 1,301 archaic laws repealed by the previous governments in 65 years. And, as many as 1,824 “ancient” laws have been identified to be repealed soon.
Law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, commented,
The Modi government is determined to relegate several archaic Acts to history. Laws need to be consonant with the times. 1,200 redundant Acts have been scrapped. 1,824 more have been identified for repeal.
Here are some of these laws:
- Under the Indian Motor Vehicles Act 1914, an inspector in Andhra Pradesh must have well-brushed teeth, and will be disqualified if he has pigeon chest, knock knees, flat-feet or hammer toes.
- A century-old law asks the tolls to collect a tax of 2 annas, a denomination no longer in use, from boats ferrying passengers across the Ganga.
- During WWII, an act was passed which required police to ensure that air-dropped pamphlets do not fall in their areas.
- A 200-year-old law allowed the British monarch to review the decisions of all Indian courts.
- Under the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, kites were also aircraft and one needed a permit similar to one needed for an airplane to fly them.
- Under the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878, one could be jailed for finding anything worth more than Rs.10 and not reporting it to the revenue officer.
- Some other laws repealed were related to recruitment of foreigners in India and Pakistan, continuation of courts for migrants from Pakistan, regulation of newspaper pricing and agreement with Pakistan for the exchange of prisoners.