Govt Agrees To Nearly 200% Hike In Salary Of SC, HC Judges

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A proposal by the Supreme Court for raising emoluments given to judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, commensurate with the recent hike in pay for central government staff has been accepted by the government. The Chief Justice of India (CJI)is the highest-paid functionary in the judiciary with his current monthly emoluments at Rs 1 lakh, excluding dearness and other allowances.

As indicated by a report, this is probably going to be raised to Rs 2.8 lakh, notwithstanding advantages, for example, official habitation, autos, staff and stipends as material.

As per the report, the legislature has pegged the pay rates of the central judges of HCs and SC judges at Rs 2.5 lakh for each month, notwithstanding stipends, at the level of the bureau secretary, the administration boss and some sacred functionaries, for example, the CAG and the CEC. The pay of a HC judge has been pegged at Rs 2.25 lakh for every month, same as that of secretary-level officers in the focal government.

The hikes proposed by the Supreme Court board of trustees have not been acknowledged in full, says the report.

The three-judge board had suggested a pay of over Rs 3 lakh for every month for the CJI, other than different advantages. The administration has set the pay for the CJI at Rs 2.8 lakh for every month, somewhat above what the bureau secretary draws.

The judges’ board had likewise suggested a higher annuity advantage for resigning judges. This again has been conveyed to the Seventh Pay Commission level in a comparable review.

A three-judge board of trustees had given its proposals to the legislature a couple of months back with respect to pay climbs for judges. The suggestions were submitted not long after the execution of the Seventh Pay Commission proposals for focal representatives a year ago.

A Cabinet note has been prepared and may be approved by the Union Cabinet soon, sources said. After the Cabinet clears the proposal, the law minister will bring a related judges’ salary amendment bill before Parliament.

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