Pursuant to a meeting to discuss the modalities for implementation of the Chief Minister's Advocates Welfare Scheme, the Delhi Government has announced that it will set up a customized online application with OTP facility, for the advocates to avail benefits under the scheme.
All the practicing advocates who are enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi and are also in the Voters' List of Delhi will be eligible to avail the benefits under the welfare scheme.
Eligible Advocates who intend to avail the benefits of the Scheme may fill the application online, which will be available on the website of Law Department, from March 21, 2020 (Saturday) at 9.30 AM till March 31, 2020.
In February last year, Kejriwal had announced a budgetary provision of annual Rs 50-crore allowance for various welfare schemes for lawyers in Delhi-NCR, at a programme organized at the Tis Hazari court complex.
Subsequently in November, 2019, the Delhi government announced that a Committee comprising 13 lawyers will be set up to recommend the utilization of Rs. 50-crore Advocates Welfare Fund.
The said Committee had proposed the following schemes:
1) Group (Term) Insurance providing life cover of Ten Lakh Rupees, per advocate;
2) Group medi-claim coverage for the advocates, their spouse and two dependent children up to the age of 25 years, for a family floater sum insured of Five Lakh Rupees;
3) E-library with 10 computers loaded with e-journals and web editions of e-journals, along with printers in all the 6 district courts.
4) Creche facility for advocates and staff employees in each of the 6 district courts;
Yesterday, the Delhi govt's Cabinet approved all the 4 recommendations and directed the Pr. Secretary (Law) to float a tender for development of the online application immediately and to invite online application for beneficiaries once the software is developed.
In order to ensure that the scheme is communicated to all the lawyers, a further direction has been made to publicize the decision through newspapers and by sending SMS to all the registered members of the Bar Council of Delhi.
On Monday, aggrieved by the delay in implementation of the welfare scheme, the Bar Council of Delhi had intimated the Delhi government that if the schemes were not implemented within the next three days then they will resort to a hunger strike.