Delhi Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal on February 20, 2019, has made a significant announcement to provide Rs 50 crore grant to facilitate various social security schemes for lawyers in Delhi. Advocates’ Welfare Fund Act, 2001,was brought into force. Bar Council of Delhi ChairmanK.C. Mittal while addressing the gathering referred to the successful demonstration that was carried out in the country on February 12, 2019, by advocates seeking comprehensive schemes from Central Government. In Delhi, around 35,000 advocates participated in the demonstration. Thanking CM Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Law Minister, for a budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore, the Chairman pointed out that for the State of Telangana, where there are 25,000 advocates, a grant of Rs 100 crore has been made, whereas the strength of advocates in Delhi is approximately 1 lacs and much more funds are required. Delhi Law MinisterKailash Gehlot, at the event, assured the gathering that he will extend all support to the Bar Council and the advocates of Delhi to frame appropriate rules and schemes for the purpose of the welfare of the advocates. The announcement was made amidst rising agitation in Bar Council of India (BCI) due to inaction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not doing anything for legal fraternity and its deaf ear to the letter of BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra dated January 22, 2019. To press for their demands, BCI organized a nationwide lawyers’ agitation on February 12, 2019, however, pursuant to the failure of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to grant funds for the welfare of advocates and to fulfil other genuine demands made by the BCI a joint meeting is scheduled to be held on March 2, 2019. Read the press release below.