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A gazette notification has been issued which confirms the promulgation of the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation And Conditions Of Service) Ordinance on April 4 at a once. The notification was released by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.
The ordinance removed the appellate tribunal authority under nine acts and replaced it with the concerned High Court. Also, some amendments were made to the Finance Act, 2019. The amendments made in Finance Act restricts the tenure of the chairperson of the tribunal to four years or till the age of 70, whichever is earlier. Section 184 also get replaced with the new Section 184 in which some changes were made regarding the qualification for appointment of Chairperson and the members of the tribunal.
The nine acts under which the authority of the appellate tribunals are replaced with the High Court are:
1. Cinematograph Act
2. Copyright Act, 1957
3. Customs Act, 1962
4. Patents Act, 1970
5. Airports Authority of India Act, 1994
6. Trade Marks Act, 1999
7. Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration And Protection) Act, 1999
8. Protection of Plant Varieties And Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001
9. Control of National Highways (Land And Traffic) Act, 2002