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Monday, July 15, 2024

Govt increases salaries of SC judges, including CJP

The ordinance has enhanced salary of the CJP to Rs12,29,189 per month, while judges of the supreme court will earn Rs11,61,163 per month.

Acting President has promulgated ‘Salary of Judges of the Supreme Court Order 2023’ to increment remunerations of the Chief Justice of Pakistan and fellow judges of the apex court.

According to the details, the ordinance has enhanced salary of the CJP to Rs12,29,189 per month, while judges of the supreme court will earn Rs11,61,163 per month. The judges salaries ordinance has come into force from July 1st, 2023.

“In exercise of the powers conferred … There shall be paid to the Chief Justice of Pakistan a salary of Rs.1,229,189 per mensem and to every other Judge of the Supreme Court a salary of Rs.1,161,163 per month,” the notification read.

Under the previous order issued by President in June 2022, the CJP’s monthly salary was Rs1,024,324 while that of other apex court judges was Rs967,636.

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The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Noor Alam Khan on May 16 this year asked the auditor general to present a comparative observation report on the salaries and privileges received by the president, prime minister, federal ministers, members of the parliament, and the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

According to the data submitted to the PAC, the salaries of supreme court judges are more than those of the president, the prime minister, ministers, federal secretaries, and parliamentarians.

The chief justice of Pakistan ranks first in receiving the salary, supreme court judges second, the president third while the prime minister is getting salary even less than ministers and federal secretaries.

The chief justice is also allotted a government residence and two vehicles including a bulletproof car and a 1800cc car. In their briefing to the committee, the audit officials said that the perks also include 600 litres of petrol, unlimited utility facilities, house rent of Rs98,000 per month, and a daily allowance of Rs8,000.

In January this year, the Supreme Court office returned with objections to a petition moved to seek direction for reconsidering pension and other service benefits to the retired judges of high courts.

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