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Friday, 23 October 2020

Committee set up to delete Punjab’s name from laws

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22

Haryana is gearing up to do away with the name of Punjab in its laws. The state government has constituted a committee in this regard after an initiative by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta.

The committee constituted under the chairmanship of Legal Remembrancer, Law and Justice Department and Administrative Secretary, Law and Justice Department, will review and examine the amendment of subtitles of Acts approved under directions given in 1968. This committee will submit a report to the Chief Secretary within a month.

According to the order issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan, the members of this committee will include OSD, Law and Justice Department, Deputy Secretary of Department of Political and Parliamentary Affairs and OSD (Rules) of General Administration Department. The Deputy Secretary of General Administration Department will be the member secretary of the committee.

Haryana had inherited laws which were in Punjab’s name and governance in Haryana had been based on these laws for the past 54 years. People of the state had been demanding a change the name of laws.

Gupta had held a meeting with officers of the state government and Vidhan Sabha Secretariat on September 24.

The Speaker had instructed the Chief Secretary to formulate a plan to rename all state laws after Haryana instead of Punjab and the decision to constitute the committee was taken at that meeting. There are 237 laws in Haryana which are presently named after Punjab.

Haryana was established in 1966 under the Punjab Reorganisation Act. Thus, the existing Acts of Punjab at that time were enforced in Haryana. It was proposed in 1968 that Haryana would be able to make necessary amendments according to its requirements.

from The Tribune

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