Salary hike in offing for Supreme Court, HC judges, govt likely to bring bill in Budget sessionThe judges of Supreme Court and various high courts may soon get a pay hike with the government likely to bring a bill in this regard in the next session of Parliament.
The judges of Supreme Court and various high courts may soon get a pay hike with the government likely to bring a bill in this regard in the next session of Parliament.
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had recently written to the government seeking a hike in salaries of Supreme Court and High Court judges.
Sources in the government said the issue is under active consideration and a bill to amend The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act may come up in the Budget session of Parliament which may begin in the first week of February next.
The sources refused to share details of the quantum of hike sought by the CJI, but added that the Act has to be amended to affect the pay hike.
With the Winter Session of Parliament coming to an end tomorrow, they said the bill would now come up in the Budget Session.
A Supreme Court judge currently draws Rs 1.5 lakh a month in hand after all deductions from salary and allowances.
The CJI gets a higher amount than this, while the judges of the High Court get a lesser amount. This amount does not include the rent-free residences provided to the judges while they are in service.
After the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, the matter was already under the consideration of the government.
(With PTI inputs)