Delhi govt clears three-fold hike in salaries for judges

Effecting an over three-fold hike in the salary of district-level judicial officers, the Delhi government has given its nod for the implementation of the E Padmanabhan Committee report, which was submitted to the apex court in July 2009. The report had recommended the revision of salaries of subordinate judicial court judges across the country. Delhi Law Secretary SP Garg and the Lieutenant-Governor cleared the file for the revised payscale.

The new scale, which will come into effect from January 1, 2006, has already been enforced in many states, and the Delhi government is working out the modalities for its implementation.

The committee, also known as the second National Judicial Pay Commission (NJPC), was set up by the Supreme Court in April 2009. It has recommended that the salary of an entry-level civil judge (junior division) be revised to Rs 27,700 from the existing Rs 9,000. Similarly, for a senior division civil judge, the proposed hike is from Rs 12,850 to Rs 39,530. The salaries of district judges have been sent on an upward hike.

A district judge (entry-level), who is currently entitled to receive a salary of Rs 16,750, will get Rs 51,550 following the implementation of the recommendations. For a district judge (super-time scale), the salary has been revised from Rs 22,850 to Rs 70,290.

The Supreme Court, through its May 4, 2010, order, had directed all the states to implement the Padmanabhan Committee recommendations from January 1, 2006. According to the order, 60 per cent of the arrears are to be paid in cash — spread over two financial years — and 40 per cent must be deposited in the Provident Fund account of judicial officers.

The second NJPC was set up following a petition filed by by All India Judges Association, expressing concern over under-salaried district officers. The association had pointed out that the first NJPC, headed by Justice Jagannatha Shetty, had said that whenever there is an upward revision of salaries of High Court judges, the salaries of lower court judges should also be proportionately revised. As the salary of higher judiciary was subsequently revised, a revision in the salary of subordinate judiciary had become necessary.

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