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Bonanza for Judicial Service

THE STATE Cabinet on Monday decided to provide a slew of facilities to the State Judicial Service members in keeping with the Supreme Court directive.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 14:45 IST

THE STATE Cabinet on Monday decided to provide a slew of facilities to the State Judicial Service members in keeping with the Supreme Court directive.

The facilities will burden the exchequer by more than Rs 10.86 crore as non-recurring expenditure and over Rs 5.97 crore as recurring expenses, Minister for Public Relations Narendra Singh Tomar told journalists.

District and sessions judges, senior additional district and sessions judges and chief judicial magistrates each will be provided a government car. A budget of Rs 1.72 crore has been provided for purchase of 43 new vehicles.

A sum of Rs 1.29 crore will be earmarked for petrol/diesel of private vehicles used by judges in place of pool vehicles, Tomar said briefing the Cabinet decisions.

The judicial service members will get loans up to Rs 2.5 lakh on nominal interest rate repayable in easy installments fixed by the Finance Department.

An entertainment allowance of Rs 1,000 will be given to district judges, Rs 750 to civil judges (senior scale) and Rs 500 to civil judges (junior scale) per month.

The Government will pay to lower court judges 50 per cent of power charges subject to a maximum Rs 1,000 and 50 per cent of water charges with the upper limit of Rs 100. These expenditures would be reimbursed quarterly to the district and sessions judge/head of department on producing receipts.

If a judge lived in his, her spouse’s government accommodation either of the two would avail the facility. The judicial service members will be entitled to free subscription to a national and a state-level daily newspaper and a magazine focusing on social and economic issues. The other facilities include city compensatory allowance, uniform allowance of Rs 5000 in a block of five years.

The minister said the members would be entitled to medical facilities as per the Madhya Pradesh Vidhansabha Sadasya Vetan, Bhatta Tatha Pension Adhiniyan and the rules framed thereunder.

Each member will be entitled to a leave travel allowance as per eligibility once in four years for any place in India from the place of his/her posting.

Special pay would be given to the judges performing administrative work beyond court time as per the rules framed by the High Court in consultation with the State Government. Judges who are assigned additional charge of any other court for more than 10 working days will be eligible to an allowance equivalent to 10 per cent of the pay scale of the presiding officer.

The Cabinet decided to provide leave encashment facility to each member of judicial service. Transfer grant will be provided.

Like SC and HC judges, officers of the subordinate judicial service will be provided official residence by the State Government free of charge as per the eligibility. Failing this, the district collectors would rent suitable houses to them.

The judges, who live in their own houses, will be entitled to a house rent allowance as per rules of the State Government. The State Government will provide telephone with STD facility to each court.

The retired members of judicial service will be entitled to medical facilities/allowance with retrospective effect from November 1, 1999. They will be given domestic help allowance at Rs 1,250 per month.

The facilities to retired members would entail a non-recurring expenditure of above Rs 3.63 crore and a recurring expenditure of Rs 56.70 lakh.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the Cabinet meet at Vallabh Bhavan.