A bill to hike the salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
The bill proposes to increases the salaries of judges by two-fold and will also benefit 2,500 retired judges.
When the bill is passed by Parliament and signed into a law by the President, Chief Justice of India will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh from the present Rs one lakh. Similarly, judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the high courts will draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh from the current Rs 90,000. And the judges of high courts, who get Rs 80,000 per month will draw Rs 2.25 lakh per month.
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 Bill, 2017 also seeks to revise the rates of house rent allowance with effect from July 1, 2017 and the rates of sumptuory allowance with effect from September 22.
In 2016, then Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had written to the government seeking a hike in the salaries of Supreme Court and high court judges.
Once the hike comes into effect, the salary of judges will be at par with those of the bureaucrats following the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th pay panel.
(With inputs from PTI)