BCI Writes To PM Modi: Raises Ten Wants For Welfare Of Advocates

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Jan 2019 12:30pm

BCI Writes To PM Modi: Raises Ten Wants For Welfare Of Advocates

The Bar Council of India (BCI) on 22nd January, 2019 wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he raised 10 demands for welfare of advocates across the country.

The letter forwarded by BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra reminded Modi of the promises that he had made to the lawyers in 2014, at the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee celebrations when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Modi stated that he would amend some budgetary provisions for lawyers, legal profession and for the welfare of lawyers if he becomes the Prime Minister. As the budget session is to begin shortly, the request is very straight forward. The BCI said, “As citizens of India, the lawyers and their families have also the right to get the bare minimum requirements of life and to live a respectable and secured life.”

 BCI also said that they anticipated a response from the government on its demands by January. A meeting of BCI and HC Bar Associations decided to organize a massive demonstration at Delhi but BCI thought it proper to make a good self acquainted with the demands once again and to make this request before taking any additional steps.

The BCI has made 10 wants:

·         Insurance cover up to Rs 20 lakh for lawyers and their families.

·         Free medical treatment of every type of disease in best hospitals of India and other countries for the advocates if needed. A special card should be provided to lawyers for this purpose to be able to reward the benefit of the scheme (anytime/anywhere).

·         Stipend to be provided minimum Rs 10,000 per month for needy new entrants at the Bar up to five years of their practice. Schemes for pension for old/indigent advocates and provision for family pension in case of untimely death of advocates should be provided minimum Rs 50,000 per month.

·         Advocates Protection Act to be amended.

·         Interest-free housing loans, loans for library, vehicle for needy advocates to be provided and government should acquire land at cheaper rates for housing of advocates.

·         Legal Service Authority Act should be amended and necessary changes to be made so that functions under this Act could be discharged by the Lawyers excluding judges.

·         The bar associations of the country should be given adequate building/accommodation/sitting facilities with well-equipped libraries, e-libraries, toilets etc and facilities for lady advocates.

·         All the Acts which provide for appointment of retired judges/ judicial officers as the presiding officers/ members of different tribunals, Commissions or Forums should be enhanced so that competent advocates could also be appointed on these stages.

·         In situation of untimely death of any advocate (below 65 years of age) cause of an accident, murder, any disease: the government should give the family/dependants at least a sum of Rs 50 lakh.

The BCI requested Modi to make budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore to meet numerous requirements of the advocates and added that the money need not be transferred in the account of the Bar Council of India or the State Bar Councils but could be consumed through a "Trustee Committee" to be headed by Advocate General(s).

Further, suggested that constitution of a seven-member committee in every state which can put the money to valuable use. Moreover, the letter also thanked Modi for supporting lawyers in the past when attempts were made to curtain their rights and privileges.

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