The Supreme Court Bar Association has appealed its member lawyers, who are in position to help, to come forward for financial assistance of young and needy members of the bar and their families, who may be facing difficulties amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We definitely owe this much to our brothers in the profession who need help in this unforeseen time of distress," SCBA President Vikas Singh said.
SCBA has in its fold about 18,000 lawyers and till date, there is no institutional social security for its members.
Vikas Singh has donated Rs 50 Lakhs for the purpose
In the instant letter, the Association emphasized that a significant number of members are not financially sound enough to scrape through this testing time and are facing virtual starvation and are not able to meet their daily needs/expenses.
It further notes that several members, who have succumbed to the virus, are survived by small kids, wife and other dependents.
Thus, he has made an appeal to all the members of the Bar, who are in a position to lend a helping hand, to provide financial aid for the affected ones.
"By way of this letter, I make a public appeal to those of us who are in position to help, to come forward and contribute in lending whatever financial help we can to our younger and needy colleagues at the bar. As a senior member of the bar I am reaching out to you and the entire legal fraternity to support this initiative with the hope that we can together help our needy members of the bar and their families who probably are facing the most difficult time in this profession," the letter stated.
"This is the least we can do for the departed soul that has left the family in lifelong grief and distress," Singh added.
Last year, the SCBA had provided financial help for more than 900 needy members.