After 54 years, Haryana to remove Punjab’s name from its acts

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal

After 54 long years, Haryana is going to remove the name of Punjab from its acts. For this, the legislature and executive of Haryana are planning together to do away with 237 such acts in Haryana operating in the name of Punjab. In this regard, on Thursday, Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta held a meeting with the chief secretary of the state Keshani Anand Arora, legal remembrancer in the department of law Bimlesh Tanwar and Vidhan Sabha under-secretary Vishnu Dev. 

At the meeting, the Legislative Assembly speaker directed the chief secretary to prepare a plan to name all the laws of the state instead of Punjab. For this, a committee will be constituted soon under the chairmanship of legal remembrancer in law and legislative department. The speaker wants to remove the word Punjab from all the acts.

 Haryana was formed in 1966, under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, but the acts which existed in Punjab then remained in force till now. The arrangement was that in the next two years Haryana would be able to make necessary amendments as per its needs. The Legislative Assembly of the state has also got the right to remove unnecessary laws. The acts that Haryana inherited were all in Punjab›s name and Haryana›s governance system has been based on them for the last 54 years. Thus, the people and public representatives of Haryana have been demanding this removal. 

Gian Chand Gupta said that Haryana has a glorious history. After its establishment in 1966, this state has made a distinct identity in the field of education and culture. It has also witnessed the rapid pace of economic development. In spite of this, all its old acts are in the name of Punjab. Gupta said that the addition of the word Haryana to the major acts will awaken a sense of self respect among the citizens and public representatives, which is necessary for any growing state.