Delhi High Court Bar Clerks Association has moved a plea in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to be issued to the Central Government to provide financial aid to members of DHCBCA who are facing extreme financial woes due to lockdown.
It is urged in the petition that the members of the DHCBCA are in dire need of immediate financial aid for their basic survival as lockdown has caused slump in work and steep decline in finances.
The petition has highlighted that a similar financial aid was provided by the Allahabad High Court to the clerks working therein by an order dated 09/04/20.
While many sections of the society have been provided with financial assistance, the Petitioner argues, no such help has been extended to the clerks working for the legal fraternity either by the Centre or the State Government.
'Many landlords are harassing them (clerks) for rent, they are unable to pay school fees of their children, their savings have been exhausted and they're surviving on frugal amounts to meet day to day expenditure', the petition states.
The Petitioner organisation has also highlighted that many clerks have also succumbed to COVID19.
Therefore, it is argued that the state has an obligation under Article 21 of the Constitution to ensure minimum subsistence or the law clerks as they are an essential cog in ensuring that the wheels of justice continue to run.