Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa requested to all the members of the bar especially to the Senior Advocates, Solicitor Firms and other Law Firms to contribute to the COVID relief fund established by the Council for helping out Advocates in need and Junior Advocates, Clerks, etc. due to the financial and economic distress arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been mentioned in the notice that Rs.1.83 Crore has been spent by the council alone for distributing the kits of food materials among more than 11,000 advocates in need. Further, the council has resolved to use Rs.4 Crore from the Amalgamated Fund for various welfare schemes which include distribution of kits, compensation of Rs.2.5 Lakh to legal heirs of Advocates who lost lives due to Coronavirus, financial help for medical treatment of Advocates who contacted the infection. The Notice read,
“All the Bar Councillors have contributed their own amounts in the said fund. Every guardian member has taken the responsibility to collect the contribution from willing advocates in the area and deposit it in the said relief fund. Therefore, it is a humble appeal to all the advocates from Mumbai to consider this appeal as a help to protect the profession and particularly, the needy advocates, junior advocates, we make an appeal to contribute a substantial amount in the above relief fund. Unless and until we are all together and united and help each other financially, emotionally as well as professionally, it will be difficult to survive in this time.”