The Bar Council Of India has approved the 'COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme for Needy Lawyers' formulated by the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim.
The BCI also approved the Bar Council of Assam's resolution to transfer Rs.55 lakhs from it's State Bar Council fund to the fund created/to be created under the COVID-19 financial scheme.
The Rules framed by the State Bar Councils need the approval of the Bar Council of India under Section 15(3) of the Advocates Act, 1961.
On May 8, H. R. A. Choudhury, Chairman, Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, had written to the BCI seeking approval.
SCOPE OF ASSISTANCE:
The Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim has created a fund by the name of "Bar Council of Assam, etc. Covid–19 Financial Assistance Fund" for granting assistance to needy advocates enrolled with it. The moneys received by the said Bar Council for the fund, either by way of donations, grants, gifts, benefactions, etc. or transfer from other funds of the said Bar Council or from the Bar Council of India or the Advocates Welfare Fund would be kept in a specific bank account opened and maintained with the State Bank of India or a nationalised scheduled commercial bank and all disbursements and payments made under this scheme would be paid out from that bank account.
At present, an amount upto Rs. 5,000/- would be given as a one-time measure of financial assistance from the said Bar Council of Assam, etc. Covid–19 Financial Assistance Fund to needy and eligible Advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim, who apply for the same in the prescribed format, upon selection by the said Bar Council under this scheme for being granted the assistance in accordance with this scheme. If any further assistance is to be given, the same may be decided by the said Bar Council later on, depending on any further developments and/or requirements.
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