NEW DELHI : In a bid not to burden Parliament with enactment of too many legislations in every session, the government has ordered drafting of only essential Bills and tries to handle most of the situations through the existing laws or through the executive orders.
In a directive to all Central ministries and departments, the Cabinet Secretary has stressed that they shall have to explain ‘essentiality of the legislation being proposed and the reasons why the purpose cannot be served through existing legislation or by framing subordinate legislation or through executive orders.’
If a new Bill or an amendment Bill is essential, the ministry or department has to give a detailed explanation why the desired purpose cannot be served through other means instead of requiring Parliament’s nod for the measures proposed, the directive said.
Sources said the directive is part of the government’s attempt to cut down on unnecessary legislations and also remove from the statute book the redundant laws at regular intervals.
The Cabinet Secretariat has also stressed that the Cabinet’s approval should be taken on any new legislation well before the Parliament session to ensure it is properly regularised.
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