Amid the outbreak of Covid-19 and the court work being standstill, the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC), launched KSBC Covid-19 Advocates Relief Fund to help young, women and financially weak lawyers practising in the state.
This move comes pursuant to the joint decision of all the bars to assist needy lawyers. For instance, the Bar Council of Delhi had passed a resolution last month to extend grant of Rs. 5,000 per advocate, who were in dire need of help due to loss of work caused by the restricted functioning of the courts. The Odisha Bar Council had decided to provide financial assistance to the lawyers in the need of aid, particularly those having a standing of less than 10 years of practise.
In view thereof, the Council has urged the advocates who are financially stable to “contribute liberally”. The circular released by the Council read as follows:
“Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) a statutory body of advocates has requested the Bar Associations to make necessary arrangement s for food grains and medicines to the needy advocates. Some of the Advocates Associations have taken steps to distribute food grains and medicines to its needy members. For financial assistance had already requested the Bar Council of India, Central and State Governments.”
It added that, “Now the KSBC has also launched the Karnataka State Bar Council Covid-19 Advocates Relief Fund to help needy advocates. For the said scheme, KSBC contributes its funds and also requests the advocates to contribute liberally. The contribution amount can be directly deposited to the A/C of KSBC and the details of the amount collected and the details of the beneficiaries will be published in the website of the KSBC to maintain transparency and accountability.”
By way of these funds, the KSBC will assist needy lawyers who depend on their daily earnings for survival and will make necessary arrangements for food grains and medicines to such advocates.
The account details of this fund is as follows:
- Name of Account Holder- Karnataka State Bar Council
- Name of Bank- Karnataka bank
- Branch- City Civil Court Branch
- Type of Account- Current Account
- Account Number- 1172000100029801
- IFSC Code- KARB0000117