What clarity does the Judges Bill provide?
Recently, The Judges Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha which intends to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Service) Act. The bill seeks to bring clarity whether the Supreme Court and High Court judges are entitled to get additional pension on attaining a certain age. Every retired judge or his family (after his death) is entitled to get an additional quantum of pension.
Currently, the retired High Court and Supreme Court judges are provided with an additional quantum of pension on completing 80 years or 85 years or 90 years or 95 years or 100 years which ever the case may be. These are the slabs of the pension. Now the confusion is should the pension be given from the first day of the month when he completes the age or the first day of the month when he enters the age. The bill inserts explanation about this issue.
The bill says that the pension shall be provided on the first day of completing the age and not in the starting. For this, Section 17B and Section 16B are to be included.