Legislation tabled in Himachal Assembly to repeal 13 redundant Acts

Himachal Pradesh Government tabled legislation in the state assembly to repeal 13 Acts that are not in use and become irrelevant and should be removed from the statute book to bring clarity.

Tabling the bill in the state assembly Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that enactments that have lost their significance or have become obsolete and redundant or the retention wherein a separate, independent, and distinct Act is unnecessary and those acts should be proposed to be repealed.  The principal object of such repealing is to remove such redundant laws from the statute book to bring clarity.  These laws have become either irrelevant or dysfunctional and importantly have served their purpose and outlived their utility. 

CM said that in order to achieve the desired objective, it has been decided to bring the Himachal Pradesh Repealing Bill, 2023 to repeal 13 Acts. 

He said that acts proposed to be repealed under the new bill are the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882, The Agriculturists Loans Act, 1884, The Provincial Small Cause Courts Act, 1887, The Mandi Minor Forest Produce Exploitation and Export Act, 1997, and 1941.  The Chamba Minor Forest Produce Exploitation and Export Act, 2003, The Punjab Tobacco Vend Fees (Repealing) Act, 1953, The Himachal Pradesh Private Forest Act, 1954, The Punjab Labor Welfare Fund Act, 1965, The Punjab Professions, Trades, Callings and Employment Taxation (Himachal Pradesh Repealing) Act, 1968, HP Preservation of Forests and Maintenance of Supplies of Forest Based Essential Commodities Act, 1984,  HP Protection of Interest of Depositors (In Financial Establishment) Act, 1999.  HP Paramedical Council Act, 2003, HP Administrative Tribunal (Transfer of Decided and Pending Cases and Applications) Act, 2008.

The Bill is likely to be discussed and passed in the coming two days. 

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