The Central Government has set up a five-member committee to examine the issues related to framing of a comprehensive insurance scheme for advocates and also suggest modalities for the implementation of such scheme.
As per the release by Press Information Bureau (PIB), Union Minister for Law & Justice, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has set up the committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Legal Affairs.
The committee would submit its report within three months.
“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,” the release reads.
Other members of the committee would include a senior representative from the Department of Financial Services and representative of 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 Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra met the Union Law Minister in connection with their concerns and demands, earlier this month.
The Union Minister had then promised the delegation that the government would consider setting up a structured scheme to provide insurance cover to advocates across the country.
Read the PIB release below.