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The Advocates Association of Bangalore has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a financial package for junior advocates during the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown period.
The letter emphasized that young/junior advocates are left with no earning at this point and therefore, it is essential to provide them financial relief. In this regard, the letter states,
"The Advocates are working day and night to safe guard the interest of society. Advocate's are serving the society without any permanent income. In the back drop of complete Lockdown, courts were also completely closed. In this situation young / junior Advocates OF STATE are left with no earning. They are finding it very difficult to lead their life."
AAB letter to PM Modi
The letter written by AAB President AP Ranganatha notes that on March 26, Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a package for women, farmers and laborers of the unorganized sector during the lockdown period. Likewise, a package for advocates is also necessary, the letter highlighted.
"In this critical situation, the Central govt should announce the financial package to the young/junior Advocates of the state for their sustenance, in par with other packages announced."
Ranganatha further urged the Bar Council of India (BCI) and State Bar Councils to utilize the welfare fund amount to help the younger members of the Bar.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa has also been asked to provide all necessary assistance to junior advocates of the state.