The Supreme Court and High Court judges have got a substantial salary hike with President Ram Nath Kovind giving nod to a Bill passed by Parliament in the Winter Session.
The Chief Justice of India will now get a monthly salary of Rs. 2.8 lakh, up from the current Rs. 1 lakh. Whereas, the judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Justices of the High Courts will draw a salary of Rs. 2.5 lakh, up 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, according to the Act notified by the Law Ministry.
The salary hike, giving effect to 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 Act, 2018 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, 2017.