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Govt. mulls to put together tribunals, plan to reduce it to half

by on February 5, 2017
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New Delhi: Comming to power with the slogan of “Minimum government and maximum governance”, Modi government has now taken a path to reform in the Judicial system as the government is now mulling over major changes in the existing tribunal system in the country.

Currently, a total of about three dozen of tribunals exists in the country which includes CAT, ITAT, CESTAT, COMPACT, SAT and others. These tribunals deal with the issue ranging from income tax, service tax, government employees grievances, accident cases and others.

Tribunals were made to exclusively deal with the specific issue and ease the problem of people. However, they itself have become a headache for the people as the ruling of these tribunals is being challenged in the District courts. It is believed that these tribunals are merely increasing the steps in the system that delays the justice.

In the Current budget, Modi Govt. hinted that it is planning to ease the tribunal system as there is abysmal chaos in its implementation. Some tribunals are overloaded with work whereas many others have a thin number of cases to handle. If sources are to be believed, govt. is planning to merge many tribunals in the coming fiscal year. The government has called suggestions from the committee of secretaries to apprise it with the possible way to merge the tribunals for its effective functioning.

Govt. finds that many of the tribunals in the country are running on rented sites. Some are struggling to have basic amenities like electricity and washrooms. Despite having a tribunal exclusively dealing with the particular problem, the petitioners have to wait for the long dates with their plea for the remedy.

Sources said, changing of old laws of British era are also in the pipelines of Modi Govt. that are redundant in the current Judicial system. Govt believes that this law does not fit in today’s digital world. When someone claims remedy under these old laws, it creates the major embarrassment for the government in the courts.

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