October 7, 2014 Print

Enthused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call during his election campaign for ‘Minimum Government & Maximum Governance’, three organizations in India launched an initiative to push for the repeal of one hundred burdensome and/or obsolete laws in India. At a speech in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Modi said, “If everyday, I can end one law, then it will be an achievement.”

Repeal 100 Laws Project is the idea of Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society (CCS), NIPFP Macro/Finance Group and Vidhi Legal Policy Centre. The groups worked with lawyers, legislative experts and economists to identify one hundred laws that are either obsolete, redundant or materially impede the lives of citizens and the efforts of entrepreneurs. On the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the group released The Repeal 100 Laws Project report. The report targets laws constraining the business environment and hindering good governance as well as antiquated regulations surviving from British rule that are no longer applicable today. The team has made a one-page case for each of the recommendations. It consists of the rationale for repeal and identifies any issues that may need to be taken into account during the repeal process. 

As a result of the Repeal 100 Laws Project, a government commission acknowledged the need for immediate repeal of several obsolete laws including the Bengal Districts Act 1836, the Oriental Gas Company Act 1857, the Sarais Act 1867, the Ganges Tolls Act 1867, the Dramatic Performances Act 1876 and the Dekkhans Agriculturists’ Relief Act 1879.