Rajya Sabha passed the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023

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The Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023, was passed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha with overwhelming support from various political parties. It aims to promote ease of living and ease of doing business.

An Overview of the News

  • The Bill proposes to amend 183 provisions in 42 Central Acts administered by 19 Ministries/Departments. The amendments aim to decriminalise certain offences.

Ministry/Department-wise list of Acts covered

  • Agriculture, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Defence, Economic Affairs, Electronics and Information Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Financial Services, Health and Family Welfare, Housing and Urban Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Posts, Promotion Industry and Internal Trade, Railways, Road Transport and Highways, Revenue, Statistics and Program Implementation

Types of Proposed Amendments

  1. Removal of both imprisonment and/or fine in certain provisions

  2. Removal of imprisonment and retention of fine in certain provisions

  3. Removal of imprisonment and enhancement of fine in certain provisions

  4. Conversion of imprisonment and fine into punishment in certain provisions

  5. Introduction of compounding of offences in certain provisions

Benefits of Amendment Bill

  • Citizens and businesses operate without fear of imprisonment for minor, technical or procedural lapses

  • Justice system relieved from dealing with petty crimes, making justice delivery more efficient

  • Non-criminalisation provides relief to citizens and certain government employees

Illustrative Examples of Modifications

  • Specific cases of amendment of Acts to remove or modify the imprisonment provisions

  • benefiting citizens and reducing undue pressure on the judicial system

  • Effect of the Act on future amendments

  • To lay down a guiding principle for future amendments to various laws

  • Consolidate revisions with the common objective of saving time and cost

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