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The government on Tuesday announced that the Chief justices of India will get rent-free accommodation for six months after demitting office while the Supreme Court judges will get round-the-clock security for one year upon superannuation. The Department of Justice in the Law Ministry notified the amended 'Supreme Court Judges Rules' to extend chauffeur facility and secretarial assistant for one year from the date of retirement to former SC judges, according to news agency PTI report.

The sanctioned strength of the Supreme Court is 34 judges and on an average three retire annually, a functionary pointed out, while the Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, who demits office on Friday, will be one of the first to avail the new post-retirement facility, the report said.

As per the amended rule, “a retired chief justice or a retired judge (of the apex court) shall be entitled to the protocol to extend courtesies at ceremonial lounges at airports." According to the notification, the chauffeur with full pay and allowances admissible to regular employees will be drawn from the establishment of the apex court or the high court.

The secretarial assistant will be equivalent to the level of the Branch Officer in the Supreme Court, the notification further states, “a retired Chief Justice or retired judges shall be entitled to security cover round the clock at residence in addition to a round-the-clock personal security guard for a period of one year from the date of retirement."

Additionally, it said that a retired chief justice of India "shall be entitled to a rent-free Type-VII accommodation at Delhi (other than the designated official residence) for a period of six months from the date of retirement." It is important to note that type VII accommodation is usually provided to sitting Members of Parliament who have been former Union ministers.

As per the PTI report, several of these issues had previously come up during the recent Chief Ministers-Chief Justices Conference held in Delhi and the Supreme Court judges had flagged various issues and some of them were accommodated by amending SC Judges Rules on Tuesday. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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