West Bengal Assembly passes Revenue Court (Amendment) Bill

Kolkata: The Bengal Assembly on Monday passed the West Bengal Revenue Court (Amendment) Bill 2022, concerning the appointment of the chairman and members of the court.

The amendment bill will allow the state government, instead of the governor, to appoint the chairman and members of the West Bengal Revenue Court in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

The amendment to the bill will mainly harmonize and speed up the procedure for appointing the president and other members, as the tribunal remains inactive for a considerable period due to a long period of vacancy.

According to the state finance minister, Chandrima Bhattacharya, the West Bengal Revenue Tribunal Act 1987 has also been amended to broaden the scope of selection of technical members, as the existing eligibility criteria for the appointment of technical member are restrictive and not enough applications are available for selections. .

At the start of the discussion on the bill, opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari caught the attention of the president and said that many issues of the bill are currently under consideration and therefore he should not not be discussed.

Adhikari’s claims were dismissed by Bhattacharya and President Biman Banerjee, following which BJP members staged a strike.

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