In an official statement given by Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, it has been notified that Justice Jitendra Chauhan Of Punjab and Haryana High Court contributed Rs. 1 Lac to the Lawyer's COVID Relief Fund, whereby Rs. 50,000/ - monetary aid has been given to the Members who endured hospitalization because of Covid-19 and Rs. 10,000/ - has been given on account of home isolation.
The Bar Association has additionally informed that it is running two ambulances to help the Members of the Bar and this service is provided free of cost. The Association has also been running different Vaccination camps to serve the Members of the Bar apart from conveying prepared food to individuals experiencing the Covid-19.
Further, Sukhjinder Randhawa, the Cabinet Minister of Punjab appreciated the step taken by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association for the welfare of its Members and decided to contribute Rs. 10 Lacs for undertaking development activities.
Additionally, Manpreet Singh Badal, finance minister of Punjab coordinating with the Executive Committee and announced Rs. 50 Lac for the social security initiative of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association and contributed this amount to Lawyers Welfare Fund.
Earlier, on April 30, 2021, considering the hike in covid 19 cases, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in its emergent meeting decided to take certain steps concerning the working of the Courts and wellbeing of Advocates in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh.
- The council decided to insist on physical hearing of the cases and only the most urgent cases can be heard during this unprecedented situation at least for 15 days because this is the only way to break the transmission of covid 19 to safeguard judges, advocates, lawyers, litigant, and court employees.
- The council requested the election tribunal to consider the existing situation of pandemic and keep their order in abeyance of holding elections in the bar, till the time the circumstances improve.
- The council also decide to start an awareness campaign/ movement amongst advocates and their families under the tagline ‘Advocate- break the chain’ focused on minimizing laxity and covid 19 inappropriate behaviour.
Further, the Council has made plans to impress upon the government of Punjab, Haryana, and U.T. Chandigarh to allocate Rs. 100 Crores to Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, to give monetary assistance to the needy Advocate.