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First Time in India: 50 Crore for the Welfare Of Lawyers First Time in India: 50 Crore for the Welfare Of Lawyers

Bronze medal Reporter Adv Rose Posted 4 Dec 2019 Read More News and Blogs
First Time in India: 50 Crore for the Welfare Of Lawyers

The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced a budgetary provision of 50 crores for the welfare of lawyers. This is termed as Chief Minister’s Advocate Welfare scheme. It is first time in Indian history such a scheme has been launched for the welfare of advocates. A committee consisting of 13 lawyers will be set up to analyze how to utilize this huge amount. The committee will be led by Rakesh Kumar Khanna, senior advocate and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association. The bar council of India had already requested the Indian government an annual grant of 200 crore for the welfare of advocates. The BCI wants to use this amount to streamline the entire legal system by building adequate infrastructure such as lawyer’s academy and to meet the needs of lawyers in India and litigants.

The chief minister had quoted that” We had announced the Chief Minister's Advocates' Welfare Fund under which an amount of Rs 50 Crores was earmarked in the Budget of 2019-20. The Government of Delhi recognizes the contribution made by the lawyers and had fulfilled the demand of the Lawyers for a separate scheme for their welfare. It was a longtime demand from the advocate community to initiate an exclusive scheme for their welfare. It has been materialized now.

This scheme is very unique, as no such scheme has been initiated so far in the country for the welfare of the advocates. Delhi government has made another model initiative in this regard. believe this is the first time that a Government anywhere has put aside an amount as large as this for the benefit of lawyers. Keeping in mind various demands made by various Advocates' Associations on different occasions, we have decided that the government will not decide the manner in which the fund is to be utilized. We have established a 13-member committee, comprising one representative each from all lawyers' bodies, who will make recommendations regarding how the funds will be used. This is good news for the community of advocates in Delhi. A report of these recommendations will have to be submitted within a period of ten days.”

The List of Members of the Committee is given below:

1)Rakesh Kumar Khanna, Senior Advocate and the President of Supreme Court Bar Association (Convenor)

2)K.C. Mittal, Chairman of Delhi Bar Council

3)Rahul Mehra, Standing Counsel of Delhi Government at Delhi High Court (Crl)

4)Ramesh Singh, Standing Counsel of Delhi Government at Delhi High Court (Civil)

5)Mohit Mathur, President, Delhi High Court Bar Association

6)Rajesh Kaushik, Vice President, Dwarka Bar Association

7)R.K. Wadhwa, President, New Delhi Bar Association – Patiala House Courts

8)N.C. Gupta, President, Delhi Bar Association – Tis Hazari Courts

9)Hemant Mehla, Vice President, Saket Bar Association

10)Pramod Nagar, President, Shahdara Bar Association – Karkardooma Courts

11)Rakesh Chahar, Honorary Secretary, Rohini Bar Association,

12)Kamal Mehta, Advocate, Delhi High Court

13)Amitabh Chaturvedi, Advocate, Delhi High Court

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