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Legislative Department

Mr. P. K. Malhotra


To achieve excellence in legislative matters for accomplishing the objectives set out in the Constitution of India and to transform the Legislative Department into the model drafting office of the Union


1. Ensuring consistency and uniformity in drafting with brevity, clarity and precision, Government Bills, Ordinances and Subordinate Legislation sponsored by various Central Ministries and Departments .2. Standardising and categorising precedents, capacity building for efficient and timely scrutiny and vetting of Principal and Subordinate Legislation.3. Restructuring the Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research to impart training in legislative drafting in English and Hindi by making it an institution of national importance.4. Real time dissemination of information of Principal Legislation for the benefit of the common man.

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Ministry of Law and Justice is the oldest limb of the Government of India dating back to 1833 when the Charter Act 1833 enacted by the British Parliament. The said Act vested for the first time legislative power in a single authority, namely the Governor General in Council. By virtue of this authority and the authority vested under him under section 22 of the Indian Councils Act 1861 the Governor General in Council enacted laws for the country from 1834 to 1920. After the commencement of the Government of India Act 1919 the legislative power was exercised by the Indian Legislature constituted thereunder. The Government of India Act 1919 was followed by the Government of India Act 1935. With the passing of the Indian Independence Act 1947 India became a Dominion and the Dominion Legislature made laws from 1947 to 1949 under the provisions of section 100 of the Government of India Act 1935 as adapted by the India (Provisional Constitution) Order 1947. Under the Constitution of India which came into force on the 26th January 1950 the legislative power is vested in Parliament.

  1. Improving the legislative drafting skills of the officers of the Union and the States
  2. Standardising and categorising precedents for uniforminty and consistency in legislative drafting
  3. Disposing of legislative proposals in time
  4. Disseminating information relating to Principal Legislation
  5. Facilitating timely conduct of free and fair elections to Parliament
  6. Enhancing the use of information technology in the functioning of the Department
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Enhancement of efficiency and improvement of service delivery of the Department Ministry of Finance, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Information Technology              


Results-Framework Document