IMG agrees to slash number of tribunals from 36 to 18
Seeking to cut red tape, an inter-ministerial group of secretaries has "unanimously" agreed to reduce the number of tribunals from 36 to 18 as the government feels that most of these bodies are performing "identical functions".
Sources in the government said the inter-ministerial group will adopt its report to prune the number of tribunals in the coming days. They said the decision to bring down the number of such bodies from the present 36 to 18 was taken "unanimously".
The Department of Legal Affairs in the Law ministry will be the nodal agency for administration of various tribunals. As of now, the tribunals are handled by various ministries. The sources said the merger of tribunals will be implemented in a phased manner. A Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had some years ago suggested bringing tribunals under administrative control of the Law Ministry.