President approves increase in judges’ salaries
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday approved an increase in the salaries and judicial allowances of the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts after amendments to President’s Orders 1, 2 & 3 as recommended by the prime minister in a summary.
The president signed the summary at a ceremony at the Presidency which was attended, among others, by Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Adviser to the Prime Minister Sardar Latif Khosa and senior government officials.
A Supreme Court judge will now get a salary of Rs 245,457 while a high court judge Rs 231,563 per month. The chief justice of the Supreme Court has been given an increase of Rs 60,000 per month and will now draw Rs 259,838.
A Supreme Court judge will now draw Rs 245,457 per month against his earlier salary of Rs 188,813. The chief justice of a high court would get Rs 240,825 per month instead of Rs 185,250 while a high court judge would now get Rs 231,563 per month as against Rs 178,125, which he is drawing at present.
Apart from the salary, the judicial allowance of the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts has also been increased. The chief justice and judges of the Supreme Court would now be taking a judicial allowance of Rs 113,750 per month as against Rs 87,500.
Similarly, chief justices and judges of high courts will now be getting Rs 91,000 as against Rs 70,000 after increase in their judicial allowance. The salary and allowances are allowed to the judges of the Supreme Court under paras 1 and 2 of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution (Supreme Court part) while the salary and allowances of the judges of high court are allowed under paras 1 and 2 of the Fifth Schedule (high court part) of the Constitution.
The president, under the provision of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution, fixes the amount of salary and allowances of the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts through the president’s order.
Source: The News