- Civil Procedure Code (CPC) 1908
- The Partnership Act, 1932
- The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
- The Indian Divorce Act, 1869
- Indian Penal Code,1860
- Indian Evidence Act, 1872
- The Payment of Wages Act, 1936
- The Personal Injuries (Emergency) Provisions Act, 1962
- The National and Festival Holidays Act
- The Beedi Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1976
- Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
One can read a fuller list of and some inane acts at Vakilno.1
A few observations / questions
- The British gave the basic but robust administrative framework.
- Are these acts framed by the British so good that we do not need to amend them after more than a century?
- Or are we indifferent or are we incompetent that we do not want to / cannot improve these and make them relevant/practical?
- Why so many acts at all?
What better way to explain the sorry state of affairs than to just copy what Nani Palkhivala said ''the most persistent tendency in India is to have too much government but too little administration; too many laws and too little justice; too many public servants and too little public service; too many controls and too little welfare.''