<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet has approved revised salaries, gratuity, allowances and pension for the Judges — sitting and retired — of Supreme Court and High Courts, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.Prasad said two bills — Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958 and High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 — which govern the salaries of Chief Justice of India (CJI), SC judges, Chief Justices, and all HC judges, would be introduced in the upcoming Parliament session – beginning December 15, to affect the pay hike.According to the proposal, CJI will now get Rs 2.80 lakh per month in addition to perks, whereas the top court judges and chief justices of high courts will get Rs 2.50 lakh per month. HC judges will now get Rs 2.25 lakh per month.Currently there are 25 judges in the top court and 682 judges in 24 HC courts across the country. Approximately 2500 retired Judges will also benefit on account of revision of pension/gratuity etc. Arrears on account of revised salaries, gratuity, pension and family pension w.e.f 01.01.2016 will be paid as one time lump sum payment.Once the hike is effected, the salary of judges will be at par with those of bureaucrats following the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
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