Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BCI Writes 10 Demands TO Modi For Welfare Of Advocates

The Bar Council of India on Tuesday written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raised 10 demands for the welfare of advocates. The letter sent by BCI president Manan Kumar Mishra reminded Modi of the promises he had made to the lawyers at the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Bar Council of India on 01 March, 2014, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

BCI demanded an annual budget of Rs 50,000 crore and medi claim, which would cover insurance of Rs 20 lakh for the lawyers. In the letter, they said, "The budget session is begin soon, our request is very simple. As citizens of this country, lawyers and their families also have the right to receive bare minimum requirements of life and live a respectable and safe life.

The BCI has made 10 demands as under:

  • Insurance cover up to Rs 20 lakh for lawyers and their families (dependents).
  • Mediclaim: Free medical treatment for all types of illness (if necessary) in the best hospitals of India and other countries for advocates. For this purpose, a special card should be provided to the lawyers so that they can take advantage of the scheme anywhere and at any time.
  • Stipend (minimum 10,000 rupees per month) for new entrants in the bar for 5 years of their practice.
  • Provision for family pension in case of pension plans for aged / ineligible advocates and untimely death of advocates (minimum Rs. 50,000).
  • Advocates Protection Act to Enacted for advocates
  • There should be adequate housing / accommodation / seating facilities and facilities for women advocates with well-equipped libraries, e-libraries, toilets etc. in all the Union Associations of the country.
  • Interest-free housing loans, loans for the library, vehicles for needy advocates. Government should acquire land for advocates housing at affordable rates.
  • Legal Services Authority Act - Amendment and necessary changes should be made in the Act so that the work can be discharged by the lawyers (not to judges or judicial authorities only)
  • All the Acts (which provide for the appointment of retired judges / judicial officers as Presiding Officers / Members of various tribunals, commissions or Forums) so that competent advocates (and not only judges) can be appointed at these places.
  • In the case of untimely death of any advocate (below 65 years of age) due to accident, murder, any illness, the government should provide at least Rs. 50 lakhs to the family / dependents.

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