February 27: The government recently introduced The Tribunal Reforms Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha to rationalise and specify conditions regarding appointment of members in tribunals set up under various laws. The Bill also aims to abolish existing tribunals set up under laws relating to cinematograph, copyright, trademark, airports authority, customs, patents and others.
It has also proposed to limit the tenure of a chairperson or member in a tribunal to four years. This change, according to the bill, won’t apply with respect to tenure of members or chairpersons who were appointed between May 26, 2017, and a notified date that will be specified later.
The government first proposed such changes through the Finance Act, 2017, which underwent various legal challenges.