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Bill to hike salaries of judges by over two folds introduced in Lok Sabha

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

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A to hike the salaries of judges of the and the 24 high courts by over two folds was introduced in the on Thursday.

Once the is cleared by and becomes a law, the will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh from the present Rs one lakh. Similarly, judges of the 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 states.

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

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

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who piloted the bill, reached the a little late, prompting the Speaker to ask him to be punctual. Prasad was busy in the

In 2016, then had written to the government seeking a hike in the salaries of Supreme Court and high court judges.

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

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

First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 16:15 IST