- ‘Pay structure should be amended with immediate effect’
- ‘The arrears of the increased salary should be paid in three installments’
- ‘Already delayed by six and a half years, they have been waiting since 2016’
Supreme Court Order for Judicial Officers: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that the enhanced pay scales of judicial officers across the country should be implemented from January 1, 2016 as per the recommendations of the second National Judicial Pay Commission. The apex court said that one cannot wait till ‘eternity’.
Chief Justice N. A bench headed by V. Raman observed that the pay structure should be revised with immediate effect, as judicial officers are not covered under any pay commission at the Center and in the states. The bench said that the arrears of the enhanced salary should be paid to the judicial officers in three instalments.
‘We can’t wait for eternity’
During the hearing, Chief Justice Raman said, “We cannot wait for eternity (to implement the recommendations of the second National Judicial Commission). There is already a delay of six and a half years. Since 2016 they are waiting. As far as the pay scale is concerned, we are implementing it.
‘It will be implemented from January 1, 2016’
Several states have been holding back from implementing the recommendations citing lack of resources. The bench said, “The revised pay scale structure as indicated in Table-1 shall be accepted and will be implemented from January 1, 2016. After fixing the interim relief, 25 per cent of the arrears shall be paid in cash in the first three months.” The remaining 25 percent amount should be given in the next three months and the remaining 50 percent should be given in the first quarter of the year 2023.
The bench also included Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli. The apex court gave this decision on the application of ‘All India Judges Association’, which had raised several issues including the service conditions of judicial officers. Significantly, the second Judicial Pay Commission was constituted by the Supreme Court in the year 2017 to review the salaries and other service conditions of judicial officers.
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