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Bill passed to hike tenures of Tribunal chairman, members

Bill passed to hike tenures of Tribunal chairman, members

Kolkata: The West Bengal Land Reforms and Tenancy Tribunal (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the state Assembly on Wednesday, to enhance the tenure of office of Chairman of the Tribunal

from 65 to 68 years and the tenure of office of Judicial Member and Administrative Member of the Tribunal from 62 to 65 years.

"It has been experienced that the Chairman and the Members of West Bengal Land Reforms and Tenancy Tribunal hardly avail complete two

years term in view of the procedural formalities for selection. This short tenure, vacant positions and frequent changes bring instability in the organisation and cause delay in disposal of cases. We hope this move fast-tracks the delivery of justice in the Tribunals," said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state of the Land and Land Reforms department, while laying the Bill at the Assembly.

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and Taxation Tribunal will come under the ambit of this amendment.

Bhattacharya reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government is committed to speedy delivery of justice and this step is a major stride towards that direction.

"If a person is aggrieved with the judgment of the Tribunal, he/she can challenge the verdict at the division bench of Calcutta High Court and can also move the Supreme Court," she added.

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