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President Promulgates Tribunals Reforms Ordinance; High Court Made Appellate Body Of Many Tribunals

The Central Government has notified the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021, to dissolve certain existing appellate bodies and transfer their functions to other existing judicial bodies. Whereas a Bill to the above effect as introduced in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session 2021, it could not be taken up for consideration and passing. Hence, the Centre has introduced the instant Ordinance in exercise of its powers under Article 123 of the Constitution, to the following effect: Section 184 of the Finance Act, 2017 has been amended to empower the Central Government to make rules for qualifications, appointment, term of office, salaries and allowances, resignation, removal and other terms and conditions of service of Members of Tribunals. The Ordinance provides that the Chairperson and Members of the Tribunals will be appointed by the Central Government on the recommendation of a Search-cum-Selection Committee. It also provides the composition of the Committee, to be headed by the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of Supreme Court nominated by him.

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