Bill to hike salaries of SC, HC judges introduced in Lok Sabha

Prime News, National, New Delhi, December 21:-  A Bill seeking to hike salaries, allowances and pension of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 High Courts was introduced on Thursday in the Lok Sabha.

The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2017, was tabled by Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Once the bill is cleared by Parliament and becomes a law, the Chief Justice of India will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh from the present Rs one lakh. Similarly, judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the high courts will draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh from the current Rs 90,000.

The judges of the high courts, who get Rs 80,000 per month now, will get Rs 2.25 lakh per month, the bill states.

When the bill becomes law, the house rent allowances from judges will be hiked retrospectively from July 1, 2017 approximately to the tune of two and a half times of the current allowance.

The revised pensions too will be paid from 2016, benefitting over 2,500 retired judges. The number of serving judges is a little more than 700 in both the SC and the HCs, against a sanctioned strength of over 1100.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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