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Salary hike for judges

Bhubaneswar, July 30: The state cabinet today decided to hike salaries of the district and junior level judges.

As per the decision, the judges would now receive a pay package more than 3.7 times of their existing salaries.

As the Assembly session was on, the state government decided not to make any announcement of the decision.

“We will intimate the cabinet’s decision to the state Assembly later,” said parliamentary affairs minister Raghunath Mohanty.

The judges would get their salaries with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006.

They would get their increased salaries from this month itself.

However, the amount that has been accumulated since January 2006 would be disbursed to them in two phases.

The government has decided to deposit 40 per cent of the total amount in the GPF account of the judges.

According to sources, a civil judge (junior division) at the entry level would now get a salary of Rs 44,770 instead of Rs 14,550 what he has been drawing.

Similarly, the civil judge (junior division-1) would now get Rs 45,850 instead of Rs 17,550. The civil judge (junior division-2) is now entitled to get a pay package of Rs 54,000 instead of Rs 17,500 what he has been drawing.

The civil judge (senior division) who has been getting Rs 18,350 at the entry level would now get a salary of Rs 56,470.

The salary of the civil judge (senior division) from now onwards would be Rs 63,070. As of now, they have been drawing Rs 20,550.

A district judge at the entry level is now entitled to receive a salary of Rs 63,070 instead of Rs 20,500.

The district judge (selection grade) who has been getting Rs 22,850 would get a salary of Rs 70,290.

The district judge (super time scale) whose salary has been Rs 24,850 is now entitled to get a pay package of Rs 76,450.

The state cabinet also gave its approval for the formation of an educational tribunal.

The educational tribunal would enjoy all powers of a civil judge court.

It has also been decided that all the hearings related to the education department would be held in the education tribunal rather than other courts.

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