Govt set to consult public on all new laws, amendments

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    Govt set to consult public on all new laws, amendments | The Indian Express
    Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | February 17, 2014 3:54 am

    With this, India joins the club of nations like USA, UK, Canada, Switzerland and South Africa where such practice is followed.
    PTI

    Ignoring resistance and concerns expressed by some departments, the Centre has decided to make pre-legislative consultation (PLC) mandatory. Following the decision taken by a committee of secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary, the Union law ministry has sent a communication to all ministries and departments asking them to involve as many stakeholders, particularly the common man, while finalising draft laws and amendments to existing laws.

    Departments which decide not to go through the process would be required to record their reasons, which would be included in the note to the Cabinet. Ordinances would, however, be exempted from the new process.

    With this, India joins the club of nations like USA, UK, Canada, Switzerland and South Africa where such practice is followed.

    Confirming the development, Union Law and Legislative Secretary P K Malhotra told The Indian Express, “Yes, we have written to all ministries about the decision. It is a path-breaking decision and will ensure that all proposed laws are reflective of the will of the people. We are also shortly going to suitably amend the manual for parliamentary procedures and instructions issued by the government about writing cabinet notes.”

    The existing procedures don’t provide for pre-legislative consultation.

    It is learnt that during discussions, many departments expressed misgivings about the workability of the process, with many secretaries referring to practical difficulties in implementing it.

    Last year, the National Advisory Council led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi had recommended mandatory pre-legislative consultation for all proposed laws and rules. The NAC had said that this would draw its strength from the Constitution and would “create institutionalised space for people’s participation in the formulation of legislations in a systematic manner”. It had also said that such a policy of consultation would take the country from a “representative democracy to a participatory, deliberative democracy”.

    As per the decision of the committee of secretaries, every department would have to “proactively disclose” the details of the proposed legislation on the internet as well as through other means, giving at least 30 days to the public to give its views. The public would also be given an explanatory note about the important provisions of the proposed legislation in “simple language”.

    Once the consultation process is complete, the law ministry would vet the proposed law by including suggestions of the public that find favour with the concerned department.
     
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    Sounds like a belated attempt by the Congress to usurp the AAP's vision contained in the Swaraj bill. Also it's very convenient that this step was taken just after the AAP government fell in Delhi over the issue of the JLP and Swaraj bills and just a few weeks before national elections. :rolleyes:
     
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    So is it like this that what AAP was not able to deliver to public now congress party will deliver and this legislation will be placed within 30 days but in a Constitutional way ?
     
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    No, it's like this: What AAP sought to fulfill in less than a month of achieving office, the Congress has taken more than 70 years since independence to even consider and has tabled these provisions now only because it's hand was forced by the AAP and because the elections are very close. After the elections, you will see the Congress forget about this legislation as fast as they can.
     
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    Its about betterment of the nation and any party which comes in power after elections should implement this bill.
     
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    I'm a little surprised that they havent tried to link this to Rahul Gandhi...you know opening the system and changing it was a part of his grand plan :p
     
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    Hope the cons don't bring in the communal bill and sharia law under guise off the "will of the common man" :rolleyes:
     
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    And irony is that except India all the countries mentioned in the article are developed/nearly developed nations, heck India is a country of vote bank politics. Plus the IQ level of the people who suggest through such consultation is laughable something you can realize through Nirbhaya case. If you start to consult people for the laws they will suggest capital sentence for all the crimes and if you dont fulfill that they will do dharna/anshan. In the last general elections only 33% Indians voted I dont know how many of them actually understand the politics and value of the vote. However I welcome such consultation but a thing to worry people did a lot of drama (dharna last year to get a law of their own wish without understanding the jurisprudence. I am afraid that such consultation can create a scene of anarchism everywhere.
     
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    they linked it to supreme body "NAC"! :lol:
     
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    I don't how they bring ,it is their last session.
     
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    What is the point of getting all these new laws in place before the end of the government's term? Congress has amassed enough funds to comfortably sit in the opposition for the next 20 years.
     
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    Protest held over delay in passage of Disability Rights bill

    "This is a non-political and non-contentious bill, if the government wants it could be passed within half-an-hour. There is lack of political will as far as this bill is concerned because they think that disabled people are not vote banks and this is not a political bill. There are 70 million such people in this country and their power should not be underestimated," he said.

    Anyone knows why this bill is not passed ?
     
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    Parliamentary panel suggests special assistance to citizens above 80 years - The Times of India

    "The committee therefore recommends that a law be enacted for the 80 plus people recognizing their general disability, which would be quite distinct from mere health care, which in any case, the state is bound to provide, for providing special assistance, facilities to them so that they can conduct their daily chores in a dignified manner in a barrier free environment," the panel said.
     
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