Supreme Court, high court judges get 200% salary hike

Supreme Court judges to draw Rs 2.5 lakh
Last Updated 30 January 2018, 19:22 IST

Supreme Court and high court judges have got a 200% salary hike with the Centre notifying a new law in this regard.

The Chief Justice of India will now get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh, up from the present Rs 1 lakh.

Similarly, judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of high courts will draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh, up from the current Rs 90,000, according to the Act notified by the law ministry.

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

The salary hike, which is in line with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for officers of all-India services, will come into force retrospectively from January 1, 2016.

The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018, will also revise the rates of house rent allowance with effect from July 1, 2017, and the rates of sumptuary allowance with effect from September 22, 2017.

As against the approved strength of 31, the Supreme Court today has 25 judges. The 24 high courts have an approved strength of 1,079, but 682 judges are handling work currently. The move will also benefit 2,500 retired judges.

Now, the salary of judges will be at par with those of bureaucrats following the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th pay panel.

(Published 30 January 2018, 15:56 IST)

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