Last updated on April 5, 2020
SECOND NATIONAL JUDICIAL PAY COMMISSION
Context: The Second National Judicial Pay Commission has submitted its final Report covering the subject of Pay, Pension and Allowances, in the Registry of the Supreme Court.
The Commission has been constituted pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court in All India Judges Association case. Supreme Court will have to issue directions regarding the implementation of recommendations after hearing the stakeholders. CHAIRMAN: Justice P.V. Reddi, former Judge of the Supreme Court. MEMBER: Shri Justice R. Basant, former Judge of Kerala High Court. MEMBER SECRETARY: Shri Vinay Kumar Gupta, District Judge of Delhi Higher Judicial Service. WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED? Following are the key Recommendations submitted by the Commission. 1. RECOMMENDATION ON PAY
- Junior Civil Judge/First Class Magistrate whose starting pay is Rs.27,700/- will now get Rs.77,840/-.
- The next higher post of Senior Civil Judge starts with the pay of Rs.1,11,000/-
- District Judge starts with a pay of Rs.1,44,840/-. The highest pay which a District Judge (STS) will get is Rs. 2,24,100/-.
- The percentage of Selection Grade and Super Time Scale District Judges proposed to be increased by 10% and 5% respectively.
- The revised pay and pension to be effective from January 1, 2016.
- Arrears to be paid during the Calendar year 2020 after adjusting the interim relief.
2. RECOMMENDATION ON PENSION
- Pension at 50% of last drawn pay, worked out on the basis of proposed revised pay scales is recommended with effect form January 1, 2016.
- The family pension will be 30% of the last drawn pay.
- Additional quantum of pension to commence on completing the age of 75 years (instead of 80 years) and percentages at various stages thereafter are increased.
- The existing ceiling of retirement gratuity and death gratuity to be increased by 25% when the DA reaches 50%.
- Nodal officers to be nominated by the District Judges to assist the pensioners/family pensioners.
- Recommendation has been made to discontinue the New Pension Scheme (NPS) which is being applied to those entering service during or after 2004. The old pension system, which is more beneficial to be revived
3. RECOMMENDATION ON ALLOWANCES As per the press note, the existing allowances have been suitably increased and certain new features have been added. However, the City Compensatory Allowance (CCA) is proposed to be discontinued. Other recommendations made include:
- Improvement in the medical facilities and simplification of the reimbursement procedure
- Medical facilities to be granted to pensioners and family pensioners also
- Certain new allowances viz. children education allowance, home orderly allowance, transport allowance in lieu of pool car facility, have been proposed
- House Rent Allowance (HRA) proposed to be increased uniformly in all states
- Steps to ensure proper maintenance of official quarters recommended.
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