The dearness allowance for the judges of the Supreme Court and 24 High Courts has been increased, while the proposal for an increase in their salaries is pending before the Union Cabinet. The Ministry of Law has given information about this effect in the letter written last month to the General Secretaries of the Supreme Court and the General Registrars of the High Court. It states that the dearness allowance of judges has been increased by 139 percent with immediate effect. It has been implemented since 1st July 2017.
Dearness Allowance was increased on the basis of Sixth Pay Commission
The dearness allowance of the judges has been increased on the basis of the Sixth Pay Commission. Two bills regarding the benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission are pending before the Union Cabinet. The Cabinet can consider the bill in the coming days and it is likely to be presented in Parliament in winter session.
Increment will be effective from January 1, 2016
One of these bills is about the salary and allowances of the Supreme Court judges, while the other is about the salary of the High Court judges. Government officials said that the increase in salary will not be increased, which has been recommended by the committee of judges. He said that the increment will be effective from January 1, 2016.
No rent included
The Judges’ Committee has recommended a salary of Rs 2.8 lakh to the Supreme Court judges and Rs 2.5 lakh for the High Court judges. The Judge of the Supreme Court receives a salary of 1.5 lakh per month after deduction. The Chief Justice of India receives more wages than this, while the High Court judges receive lesser salary. In this amount, the rent to be given is not included while serving the judges.