Govt may OK amendments in Administrative Tribunals Act: Zee News
New Delhi: The Centre is likely to give its nod to changes in a bill aimed at making sitting and retired Supreme Court judges and high court chief justices eligible for chairmanship of Central Administrative Tribunal entrusted with resolving service matters of government employees.
The Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Bill, 2012, which will be taken up for consideration by Union Cabinet on Thursday, also envisages raising salaries and other benefits of the chairman of the tribunal on same terms as of a Supreme Court judge or the chief justice of a high court.
Other members shall be eligible to the benefits that are applicable to a high court judge, the draft amendment bill says.
The draft legislation was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 27, 2012 by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, V Narayanasamy. In May last year, it was referred to a Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
The Committee led by Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Shantaram Naik had submitted its report on December 17, 2012.
The bill, which seeks to amend the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, also proposed to give power of transfer of a case to other tribunals by a member of the body as it would facilitate speedy disposal of cases.
At present, the power to transfer a pending case from one bench to another bench vests with the chairman of the tribunal only.
The Principal Bench of CAT is located in Delhi and 16 benches are in other parts of the country wherever the seat of a high court is located in addition to 33 division benches.
There are also circuit sittings of the tribunals held at Nagpur, Goa, Aurangabad, Jammu, Shimla, Indore, Gwalior, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Puducherry, Gangtok, Port Blair, Shillong, Agartala, Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar, Aizwal and Nainital.
The tribunals are entrusted with the responsibility to adjudicate on disputes relating to the conditions of service of public servants at the central, state and local level authorities.
The bill also seeks that Chief Justice of India shall be consulted for the appointment of the chairman and the members of the state and joint administrative tribunals.
Under the Act, the CJI is consulted only in case of the appointment of the chairman and members of the central tribunal.
In case of the state tribunals and Joint Administrative Tribunals, the chairman and members are appointed by the President in consultation with the Governor of the state concerned.
The bill also provides for reappointment of chairman and members for a fresh tenure provided the total tenure does not increase five years (for chairman) and 10 years (for members).
At present, the chairman has a fixed tenure of five years and for members it is 10 years or until they attain the age of 68 years and 65 years respectively.