In November 2018, the Delhi Bar Council had written to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, requesting an annual grant of Rs 10 Crore to help it “streamline the legal system”, support needy lawyers and litigants, and build adequate infrastructure including a lawyers’ academy.
In February 2019, at an event organized in Tis Hazari Court Complex, Mr Kejriwal promised that instead of allocating funds, a committee of lawyers would be set up for making recommendations about how to use Advocates’ Welfare Fund of Rs 50 Crores.
The said promise has been reiterated by Mr Kejriwal on 29th November, 2019 whereby he stated that the grant of Rs. 50 Crores would not be a ‘one-time’ grant, but would be recurring in nature. He further stated that the Delhi Government recognizes the contribution of lawyers to legal system and society and thus, andhas fulfilled their demand for a separate scheme for their welfare.
It is also believed that this is the first time ever that any Government has set aside such a big amount for the benefit of lawyers. He further stated that a report of these recommendations would have to be submitted to the Delhi Government within ten days i.e. by 09th December, 2019.
THE INDIAN LAWYER