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The Telangana Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 25 crores to the Law department to provide financial assistance to the needy advocates and advocates clerks amid COVID-19 Lockdown. The press release informing of the same also states that an amount of Rs 15 crores has been immediately released for the initiative.
Chief Justice of Telangana High Court Raghvendra Singh Chauhan today released the financial assistance for eligible advocates and clerks via e-payment in the presence of Advocate General, Chairman, Bar Council, Law secretary and Registrars of the High Court.
It is further stated that under the guidance of the Chief Justice, Telangana Advocates Welfare Trust had constituted a committee and formulated guidelines to identify the beneficiaries for the financial aid.
On the advice of the Chief Justice, the committee formed has resolved to grant Rs 10,000 to each advocate and amount of Rs 5,000 to each advocate clerk eligible for the same.
Lawyers who meet the following conditions shall be considered eligible for the financial assistance:
Active legal experience at bar;
Ought to have passed All India Bar Examination;
Earning monthly income of not more than Rs 15,000;
Not receiving any monthly payment from advocate office;
Should be working as a junior advocate;
Spouse should not be a government/private employee.
Notably, the release clarifies that a person who is enrolled as an advocate post retirement is not eligible for financial assistance.
As far as advocate clerks intending to apply for financial assistance are concerned, the applicant has to submit a certificate of registration as a clerk and must not be earning above Rs 10,000 as monthly income. Further, the spouse of the applicant should not be a government/private employee.
The release adds that the Trust has received a total number of 14,166 applications from advocates and further, 1,029 applications from advocate clerks for financial aid.