New NGT rules can change its character
has notified new rules for appointment and termination in the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017, were notified by the Department of Revenue, Union Ministry of Finance on June 1. The rules change the composition of the selection committee that assists the government in making appointments to NGT. They also change the criteria for qualification, composition and removal of chairpersons, judicial members and expert members of NGT. The Centre has introduced these changes through the Finance Act, 2017. Sections 183 and 184 of the Act ensure that appointment of NGT members and its selection committee will be controlled by the provisions of this legislation. Activists have said that the new rules will change the character of NGT by empowering the Central government to influence everything in the institution while reducing the influence of the judiciary.