Bill to hike salaries of judges introduced in Lok Sabha
Judges continue to be paid according to the sixth pay commission. Their salaries were last hiked in 2009 but with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.india Updated: Dec 22, 2017 12:33 IST
A bill to hike the salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2017 proposes over a two fold increase in the current of judges, which is marginally below the hikes recommended last year by a committee of three judges constituted by the then Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.
Judges continue to be paid according to the sixth pay commission. Their salaries were last hiked in 2009 but with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.
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.
In 2016, then Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had written to the government seeking a 300% hike in the salaries of judges.
The bill was introduced by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the lower house and is expected to come up for discussion next week.