Tribunals Reforms Bill: Amid the din, Lok Sabha, on August 3, 2021, passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill that seeks to abolish nine appellate tribunals.
- The bill was passed by voice vote without a debate amid continuing protests by Opposition parties over the Pegasus snooping row and other issues.
- The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021, which seeks to replace the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021, was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021:
- Tribunal Reforms Bill, 2021 seeks to replace Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021.
- Bill was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on August 1, 2021.
- Bill provides for the abolition of tribunals or authorities under several Acts by amending
- Cinematograph Act of 1952
- Copyrights Act of 1957
- Customs Act of 1962
- Patents Act of 1970
- Airport Authority of India Act of 1994
- Trade Marks Act of 1999
- Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
- Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001,
- Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002
- It also provides for uniform terms and conditions of service for chairpersons and members of certain tribunals.
- All pending cases before such tribunals or authorities will be transferred to Commercial Court or High Court.