Ensuring Financial Dignity for Retired Judges: A Supreme Court Concern

Getting Pension Of…’: Supreme Court’s Concern Over ‘Suffering’ Of Retired District Judges | India

The Supreme Court has expressed concern over the pension amount received by retired district judges, highlighting the issue of financial sustainability after long years of service. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud questioned how these judges would survive on pensions ranging from ₹19,000 to ₹20,000. He emphasized the challenges of transitioning to other careers at an older age and stressed the need for an equitable solution to ensure the well-being of retired judges. The court previously issued directives regarding the pay and service conditions of judges, urging states to clear arrears and high courts to establish committees for proper implementation. The Second National Judicial Pay Commission’s recommendations encompass various aspects, including pay structure, pensions, and allowances, aiming to establish a permanent mechanism for determining service conditions. The court underscored the importance of financial dignity for judges, both during their service and post-retirement, to maintain judicial independence and uphold public confidence in the rule of law.

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