Supreme Court and high court judges will receive nearly a two-fold salary increase after President Ram Nath Kovind approved a bill cleared by Parliament regarding it.
Under the provisions of the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018, the Chief Justice of India will get a monthly salary of Rs2.80 lakh, going up from the present Rs1 lakh.
Other judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of high courts will now draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh, up from Rs 90,000, as per the act notified by the law ministry. High courts judge, who currently receive Rs80,000 per month, will now get Rs2.25 lakh per month.
Salary Hike In Line With 7th Pay Commission Recommendations
The judges’ salary hike is in line with the recommendations given in the 7th Pay Commission for all-India services officers and is slated to retrospectively come into effect starting 1 January 2016. The pay rise will benefit 2,500 retired judges as well.
The bill also revises the house rent allowance rates starting from 1 July 2017 as well as the rates of sumptuary allowance from 22 September 2017 onwards.
The then-Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur had sent a letter to the government in 2016 seeking an increase in the salaries of Supreme Court and high court judges.
As of now, against the approved strength of 31, the Supreme Court has 25 judges. In case of the 24 high courts against the approved strength of 1,079, just 682 judges handle the workload currently.
With the hike, the salary of judges will be at par with the bureaucrats who come under the purview of the recommendations of the 7th pay panel.