One of the promises which PM Narendra Modi makes frequently in his speeches is to get rid of obsolete laws. And it looks like he has been tremendously successful in the path of achieving it. It is said that Modi Govt has scrapped 1,159 obsolete laws in last two years. The fact that the previous successive governments had repealed only 1,301 such outdated laws in 64 years shows the commitment of this government in this regard.
The scrapped laws included two dozen from the British era, that had lost relevance long ago due to the enactment of other related laws, incorporating provisions of the earlier Acts, over the years. Laws on licence to kill and capture of wild elephants in certain circumstances, segregation and medical treatment of lepers, regulating the grant of titles to qualified persons in western medical science, prohibition of pledging of labour of children (child slavery), regulating recruitments of foreigners during pre-Independence period, agreement with Pakistan on exchange of prisoners, continuation of use of courts in Bengal, Assam and Punjab for those who migrated to Pakistan and power to regulate prices of newspapers are among others Acts which have been repealed.
The Rajya Sabha has also played a role in scrapping these laws. And it is been reported that many more such laws will be abolished or amended in the future parliament sessions. While passing GST bill is still looking like a distant dream, Modi govt has set a record of getting obsolete and redundant laws out of the statute book.