Judicial officers to get three-fold hike in pay
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 23:38
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed the implementation of increased pay scales for judicial officers of subordinate courts across the country, which will enhance their salary almost three-fold.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan said state governments would give salary as per the recommendations of the Justice Padmanabhan committee.

All India Judges Association (AIJA) had approached the apex court seeking implementation of the recommendation of the Committee contending that there has been a wide disparity between the salary of judicial officers and other government employees.

The hike in pay scales is to be implemented with effect from January 2006 as per the recommendations of the apex court-appointed committee which had submitted its report in July 2009. The hike will translate into a monthly increase of nearly Rs 20,000 for judges at the entry level.

The court said the arrears shall be paid by way of 60 per cent in cash while 40 per cent would be deposited in Provident Funds.

Justice E Padmanabhan, a former judge of the Madras High Court, had submitted his report to the Supreme Court proposing an average three-fold hike in the existing salaries that was recommended by the first National Judicial Pay Commission (NJPC) in 1999.

The recommendations of the first NJPC headed by Justice Jagannatha Shetty had entitled civil judge (junior division) starting salary of Rs 11,775, civil judge (senior division) Rs 15,200, district judge (entry level) Rs 20,800 and district judge (super time scale) Rs 23,850.

With the increase in pay scale as recommended by the Padmanabhan committee, also considered as second NJPC, the starting salary of a civil judge (junior division) is expected to be around Rs 35,000, a hike of over Rs 20,000.

As per the recommendations, the salary of a civil judge (senior division) would be around Rs 45,000, a hike of around Rs 30,000. Similarly, the salary of a district judge (entry level) would be around Rs 60,000.

The second judicial pay commission was appointed following a Supreme Court order on April 30 on an application filed by AIJA.

-PTI


First Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 23:38


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