The government has accepted the Supreme Court proposal for raising emoluments given to judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, commensurate with the recent hike in pay for central government staff. The judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts will soon get a salary hike with the Union cabinet approving a proposal, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today. The minister said two bills would be introduced in Parliament to effect the pay hike.
According to the proposal cleared today, the chief justice of India (CJI) will get INR 2.80 lakh per month and judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the high court will get INR 2.50 lakh a month. Judges of the high courts will get INR 2.25 lakh per month, a senior government functionary added, refusing to go on record.
The salary hike, in line with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for officers of all-India services, will come into force with effect from January 1, 2016.
The discussion on the Bill saw members express concern over what they saw as threats to separation of powers, calls for hiked salaries for MPs, and even for reservation in the judiciary. Replying to the debate, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed his support for the idea of an All-India Judicial Service on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service for drawing the best legal minds to the judiciary. He said reservation could become a reality if such a service comes up.
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The basic entry level pay is ₹27,700, which is added with a dearness allowance of 100%. The dearness allowance differs from one state to another. For instance West Bengal provides a dearness allowance of 107%.
Final in hand salary for different states are as follows:
a) Madhya Pradesh - ₹27,700+ ₹ 27,700 (dearness allowance) + medical allowance of 1,500 =₹ 56,900
b) West Bengal - ₹27,700+ ₹ 29,639(dearness allowance) + medical allowance of 1500 = ₹ 58,839
c) Andhra Pradesh - ₹ 27,700+ ₹ 27,700(dearness allowance) + medical allowance of 1500+ sumptuary allowance of ₹3100 = ₹60,000
This is the basic salary an entry level civil judge junior division will get in hand apart from these one will get a government quarter or flat. If for some reason flat or quarter is not available then one will get INR 12,000/ month. Other facilities are 200 litres of petrol which will be equivalent to ₹ 15,000/month, a permanent servant whose salary of INR 8,500 will be paid by government, a driver again his salary of ₹8,500 will be paid by government. Free electricity upto 10,000 units, phone bills will be paid by government, permanent reservation which will be available in Indian railways. Adding all these makes it a job of INR 115,000 out of which one will be getting ₹60,000 (approx.) in cash and rest in perks.