July 02, 2018

Final Session? 18 Days, 50-plus pending Bills

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes in New Indian Express, on the challenge the government faces during the monsoon session of Parliament. Excerpts:


"It may seem like one but it is not an apocryphal story.  On August 23, 1995, The Gazette of India informed that the Delhi Rent Act 1995, a law that aimed “to provide for the regulation of rents, repairs and maintenance and evictions” in the National Capital Region of Delhi, had received the assent of the President of India.  The 46-page gazette dated the law “enacted in the 46th year of the Republic of India”. 


The Act activated activists, and the notification, and thus implementation, of the law was stalled. It was a piquant situation. It was a law, but not yet the law. So, in 1997, the government decided to bring the Act into force. This led to the introduction of the Delhi Rent (Amendment) Bill 1997, which ran into 33-pages of clause-by-clause redefinition of definitions of the 1995 Act—for instance “deemed rent” was replaced with “rent payable”. The Bill was left pending. In 2012, it was decided to draft a new Bill to replace the 1995 law that was entered in the gazette but not notified, and the 1997 Bill, which was introduced but left pending for 15 years. On August 29 2013, the government introduced The Delhi Rent (Repeal) Bill, 2013 in the Rajya Sabha. It was dated “the sixty-fourth year of the Republic of India”. 


On Monday, the government announced that the monsoon session of Parliament will start on July 18 and end on August 10. In the 69th year of the Republic of India, the Delhi Rent (Repeal) Bill 2013, meant to replace a law that was passed in the 46th year of the Republic of India, is on the pending list. Indeed there are 24 Bills from the Vajpayee and UPA era on the pending list."


Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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