Obsolete laws are laws that are no longer relevant or applicable in modern times. They may have been introduced in response to a specific situation or issue that no longer exists, or they may have become outdated due to changes in society, technology, or other factors. The elimination of archaic laws streamlines the legal system, increases transparency and accountability, and makes it more difficult for those in positions of authority to abuse the power they possess.
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, while addressing the 23rd Commonwealth Law Conference in Goa, announced that the Government would introduce a Bill to repeal an additional 65 obsolete laws and other provisions. The decision is part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to simplify the legal system and remove outdated laws that are no longer relevant in modern times. This move is expected to have several benefits for the citizens of India, the legal system, and the country as a whole.
Not the first time
It is worth noting that this is not the first time the Government has taken steps to remove obsolete laws. In 2015, the Government launched a similar initiative when it removed 1,159 obsolete laws. Since 2014, the present Government has removed 1,486 such obsolete and archaic laws.
The Law Minister stated that the Government believes laws are for the people, and if laws become obstacles and compliance requirements become a burden on the lives of the people, then such provisions must be eliminated. Rijiju stated that the Government has been at the forefront of several initiatives, particularly those aimed at fostering ‘ease-of-living’ for the ordinary citizen.
Efficient legal system
The removal of obsolete laws would be a crucial step towards ensuring that the legal system is effective and efficient. Outdated laws often create confusion and can lead to legal disputes that are time-consuming and costly. By removing these laws, the Government would be simplifying the legal system, making it easier for citizens to understand and navigate it. This will ultimately lead to a more just and fair legal system, where the rule of law is upheld, and justice is served.
Furthermore, the removal of obsolete laws can prove to be a significant step towards promoting good governance and transparency. Outdated laws are often misused and abused by those in power, leading to corruption and a lack of transparency. By removing these laws, the Government is promoting transparency and accountability, making it harder for those in power to misuse their authority.
In addition to these benefits, the removal of obsolete laws is also a symbolic gesture that sends a powerful message to the citizens of India. It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reform and modernise the legal system, and to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in a fair and just manner.