Election commissioners' salary set to see over two-fold hike
Once the bill to hike the salary of Supreme Court and High Court judges gets the nod of Parliament and becomes a law, they will automatically get a salary hike
New Delhi: The salary of three election commissioners is set to get two-fold hike by the next month. The three commissioners, including the Chief Election Commissioner, are entitled to a salary which is "equal to the salary of a judge of the Supreme Court", according to the provisions of a law governing their conditions of service.
Therefore, once the Bill to hike the salary of Supreme Court and High Court judges gets nod of the Upper House of the Parliament, after Lok Sabha and becomes a law, then they will automatically get a salary hike.
The Bill is likely to be taken up in the Budget session beginning January 29 by the Rajya Sabha, which may pass it in the same session. Once the Bill gets the assent of the President and becomes a law, the Chief Justice of India will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh from the present Rs 1 lakh. Similarly, judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the High Courts will draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh from the current Rs 90,000. The judges of the High Courts—who get Rs 80,000 per month now—will get Rs 2.25 lakh per month.
According to section 3 of the 'Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act, 1991', "There shall be paid to the Chief Election Commissioner (and other Election Commissioners) a salary which is equal to the salary of a judge of the Supreme Court."
The salary of Supreme Court and High Court judges is governed by the 'High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act'.