Arvind Kejriwal Announced That Rs. 50Cr Will Be Given For The Welfare Of Lawyers

Team SoOLEGAL 21 Feb 2019 12:43pm

Arvind Kejriwal Announced That Rs. 50Cr Will Be Given For The Welfare Of Lawyers

For various welfare schemes for lawyers in Delhi-NCR, a budgetary provision of annual Rs 50-crore allowance has been announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He announced that Rs 50 crore will be granted for social security schemes for lawyers every year and this amount will be increased according to the requirements of the lawyers.

And he is also seriously concerned to bring lawyers within the radar of the Delhi Government Employees Health Scheme (DGEHS).

The lawyers thanked the Chief Minister and were full of cheers when they heard the announcement, the programme was organized at the Tis Hazari court complex on Wednesday. This announcement will come post-February 12 nationwide protests which, although the announcement he made did not generate much response from the Centre and saw the BCI saying that the government's attitude annoyed the lawyers who have been long demanding welfare measures.

This announcement by Kejriwal got very warm welcome by The Bar Council of Delhi and the Delhi Bar Association and under the Advocates' Welfare Act, 2001, the trustee committee and the Bar Associations will decide how this fund will be utilized under various heads as social security includes mediclaim, pension, stipend for young lawyers, a corpus for family of lawyers upon their demise etc.

Bar Council of Delhi chairman Advocate KC Mittal said that "We need to first frame Rules. We are not just active, we are pro-active. We took up this challenge and have done a lot in the last five months. We hope to come out with real results to ensure that only genuine claims get the benefits as we work towards framing Rules under the Advocates' Welfare Fund Act, 2001."

In 2001 Advocate’s Welfare Act was enforced for the constitution of a welfare fund for the benefit of advocates. How this budgetary allowance will be used, on this Mittal said, "As far as the welfare schemes are concerned under the Advocates' Welfare Fund Act, 2001, Rules are going to be framed first and then they will have to be notified by the State government".

He further added, "So far, the comprehensive rules have not been framed. We are now going to frame comprehensive and transparent Rules. We may also go for some insurance policies but first, the statutory Rules have to be notified by the Delhi government. The Rules will be put in place shortly. We are working on it. Our effort is going to be that only genuine persons get the benefit of the schemes,"
The thrust of the entire process is to draw home the point that transparent Rules to cater to genuine persons is, the BCD chairman stressed on the constitution of the Trustee Committee established under the 2001 Act to administer the welfare fund.

Advocate KC Mittal further said that "The Advocate General is the chairperson of the Trustee Committee, The Secretary, Law Department, and the Secretary, Home Department, are the ex-officio members. BCI Chairman is also on the committee. So, you see that it (use of funds) is not something exclusively regulated by the Bar Council. The government is also involved at some level. The trustee committee along with the Bar Associations will now work on the Rules to ensure genuine claims are entertained,"

Mittal also stressed on the whopping amount of fund required for welfare schemes and the work needed to ensure that the benefits reach all needy lawyers as he mulled bringing in medical and health insurance policy.

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