The Bar Council of Uttarakhand and lawyers from across the state have welcomed the state government’s announcement for launch of a contributory insurance scheme for advocates in the state. The scheme was announced in the state budget, presented by finance minister Indira Hridayesh on Monday.
It is to be noted that lawyers in the state had been demanding introduction of welfare schemes for them for last many years. The contributory insurance scheme is going to benefit over 12,000 registered lawyers in the hill state.
Vijay Singh, secretary, Bar Council of Uttarakhand, said, “We would like to congratulate the state government for thinking about lawyers and announcing an insurance scheme for them in the latest state budget. It will provide them some amount of social security, since they hardly have any.”
Speaking with TOI, Manmohan Kandwal, president, Dehradun Bar Association, said, “It has been our long-standing demand, as legal profession is insecure and insurance is indispensable for lawyers. The state government should be applauded for launching a scheme for our welfare. The scheme will benefit thousands of legal practitioners in the state.”
“The earning of an advocate on the amount of work he or she receives daily. So there is no long-term financial security for legal practitioners,” said another lawyer.
However, the details of the contributory insurance scheme are yet not clear. “We still don’t have any clarity about the sharing pattern in the insurance scheme, but a major share will be borne by the state government,” Kandwal told TOI.
It is to be noted that the Bar Council of Uttarakhand has been demanding an annual grant of Rs 50 lakh from the state government for welfare of lawyers. However, no decision has been taken so far.
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