The Major Port Authorities Act, 2021
Constitution of Adjudicatory Board
54. Constitution of Adjudicatory Board.-
(1) The Central Government shall, by notification, constitute, with effect from such date as may be specified therein, a Board to be known as the Adjudicatory Board to exercise the jurisdiction, powers and authority conferred on such Adjudicatory Board by or under this Act:
Provided that until the constitution of the Adjudicatory Board, the Tariff Authority for Major Ports constituted under section 47A of the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 (38 of 1963) shall discharge the functions of the Adjudicatory Board under this Act and shall cease to exist immediately after the constitution of the Adjudicatory Board under this Act:
Provided further that on and from the date of constitution of the Adjudicatory Board-
(a) all the assets and liabilities of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports shall stand transferred to, and vested in, the Adjudicatory Board.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this clause, the assets of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports shall be deemed to include all rights and powers, all properties, whether movable or immovable, including, in particular, cash balances, deposits and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such properties as may be in the possession of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports, and all books of account and other documents relating to the same, and liabilities, shall be deemed to include all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind;
(b) without prejudice to the provisions of clause (a), all debts, obligations and liabilities incurred, all contracts entered into, and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for the Tariff Authority for Major Ports before that date, for or in connection with the purpose of the said Tariff Authority for Major Ports, shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into, or engaged to be done by, with or for, the Adjudicatory Board;
(c) all sums of money due to the Tariff Authority for Major Ports immediately before that date shall be deemed to be due to the Adjudicatory Board;
(d) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which might have been instituted by or against the Tariff Authority for Major Ports immediately before that date may be continued or may be instituted by or against the Adjudicatory Board;
(e) every employee serving under the Tariff Authority for Major Ports immediately before such date shall become an employee of the Adjudicatory Board and shall hold his office or service therein by the same tenure without any change or derogation of the terms and conditions of service held with the Tariff Authority for Major Ports:
Provided that the tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions of service of any such employee shall not be altered to their disadvantage without the previous sanction of the Central Government;
(f) every person who was receiving any retirement benefits from the Tariff Authority for Major Ports immediately before such date, shall continue to receive the same benefit from the Adjudicatory Board:
Provided that the retirement benefits of such person shall not be altered by the Adjudicatory Board to his disadvantage without the previous sanction of the Central Government.
(2) The head office of the Adjudicatory Board shall be at such a place as may be notified by the Central Government:
Provided that the Adjudicatory Board may hold its sittings at such other places as the Presiding Officer may decide from time to time, having taken into consideration the convenience to decide the disputes referred to it.