Lok Sabha takes up bill to hike salaries of judges of SC, HCs

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha today took up a bill which seeks to hike the salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts by over two folds amid demands by parliamentarians for higher remuneration for themselves.

Soon after Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2017 for discussion and passage, many members were on their feet demanding a hike of salary of Members of Parliament (MPs).

“We are taking note of your concerns and the proper course would be followed,” Prasad said, stressing that members work for the entire country and they should show a big heart.

The members, he added, should not give an impression that they would not allow an increase in salaries of others unless their own remunerations were enhanced.

Talking about the bill, Prasad said it was aimed at enhancing remuneration aligning them with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and would come into force from January 1, 2016. (AGENCIES)