Union Government Forgotten to Hike Salaries of Judges, Says Supreme Court Bench

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Nov 2017 5:51pm

Union Government Forgotten to Hike Salaries of Judges, Says Supreme Court Bench

The Supreme Court of India has asked the central government whether it has forgotten to take the steps to increase the salary of judges of constitutional courts, whose salaries are far less than bureaucrats after implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations.

During the hearing on a case relating to grant of washing allowance to apex court staff and officers, a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazir asked additional solicitor general P S Narasimha, "What about the salary of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts which was to be brought at par with 7th Pay Commission recommendations for central government employees?"

The proposal to increase judges's pay was accepted in principle by the Union government in March but has been pending further action. Salary of judges can be increased only through an amendment passed by Parliament.

After implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations, the highest ranking bureaucrat, the cabinet secretary, gets a salary of Rs 2.5 lakh apart from allowances.

Compared to this, the Chief Justice of India, who figures above the cabinet secretary in the table of precedence, draws a salary of Rs 1 lakh, excluding HRA, other allowances and perks. SC judges and chief justices of HCs get a salary of Rs 90,000 per month plus allowances. HC judges get a salary of Rs 80,000 per month along with allowances. [Inputs TOI]

Tagged: Supreme Court   Salary   Judges   7th Pay Commission  
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