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'How will retired district judges survive': Supreme Court questions Centre on pension amount Judges' pension
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'How will retired district judges survive': Supreme Court questions Centre on pension amount

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Feb 2024, 12:12 am

New Delhi/IBNS: The Supreme Court Monday raised concern over the pension amount of retired district judges and asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to help bring about an "equitable solution".

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said some High Court judges have approached the apex court over non-payment of salaries as they were not allotted new GPF accounts after their promotion from the district judiciary.

"Retired district judges are getting a pension of Rs. 19,000-20,000. After long service, how will they survive?" the Chief Justice of India questioned while hearing a petition from the All-India Judges Association.

"This is the kind of office where you become completely incompetent. You can't jump into practice suddenly and go to the High Court at the age of 61-62 years," he said.

"We want a proper solution to this. You know the district judge is really suffering," Justice Chandrachud said.

The Attorney General, representing the Central government, said he would look into the issue.

Earlier, the court had issued directions about the pay and service conditions of judges, going by the recommendations of the Second National Judicial Pay Commission.

The states were asked to clear arrears and High Courts were asked to form committees to ensure proper implementation.

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