The Union Ministry of Law and Justice on Thursday notified increase in post-retiral benefits for Supreme Court judges.
A retired Supreme Court judge will now get Rs. 39,000 per month up from Rs. 14,000 which a retired judge is currently entitled to.
A judge who retires as Chief Justice of India will henceforth be entitled to Rs. 70,000 per month , a substantial increase from the current figure of Rs. 25,000.
Notification making the changes was published in the Gazette of India.
The notification amended Rule 3B of the Supreme Court Judges Rules, 1959.
“In the Supreme Court Judges Rules, 1959, in rule 3B –
(a) in sub-rule (1), for the words “twenty five thousand rupees” the words “seventy thousand rupees” shall be substituted;
(b) in sub-rule (2), for the words “fourteen thousand rupees” the words “thirty nine thousand rupees” shall be substitute,” the notification said.
Rule 3B makes provisions for post-retiral payment to Supreme Court judge and Chief Justice of India for defraying the services of an orderly, driver and security guard, for meeting the expenses incurred towards secretarial assistance on contract basis and for maintenance of an office-cum-residence.
The said payment is for the lifetime of the judge in addition to other statutory payments which a judge is entitled to.