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Central Government sets up a Committee to frame insurance scheme for lawyers

Central Government sets up a Committee to frame insurance scheme for lawyers

Aditi Singh

The Central Government has set up a five-member committee to examine the issues related to framing a scheme for providing an insurance scheme for the advocates across the country.

It would also suggest modalities for the implementation of such a scheme.

The Committee would submit its reports on the issue within three months.

In an order to this effect, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has directed that the committee shall recommend a comprehensive insurance scheme for the welfare of the advocated all over India to address concerns relating to untimely death and medical insurance. It states that committee should submit its reports within three months and if the need be the committee may take opinion from all stakeholders including the representatives of the insurance companies to devise the proposed scheme.

The committee shall also suggest the modalities of administration of the insurance scheme under a high powered body with adequate representatives of all stakeholders.“, a PIB release dated March 8 reads.

The Committee would function under the chairmanship of Secretary Legal Affairs.

Other members of the Committee would include a senior representative from the Department of Financial Services and representative of the Department of legal affairs. The Committee would also have one representative each from Bar Council of India and State Bar Councils.

The decision has come after a delegation of lawyers led by BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra met the Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad in connection with their concerns and demands, earlier this month.

The Union Minister had then promised the delegation that the Centre would consider the framing an insurance cover scheme for lawyers, which might include assistance from Centre and State Governments.

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