Kohima, February 12: The High Court Bar Association, Nagaland today joined the nationwide protest rally under the aegis of Bar Council of India (BCI). Around 120 members of the association rallied from Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court premises to Raj Bhavan and submitted a resolution of BCI to the State Governor, which was received by the Secretary in his absence.
The advocates through the BCI has been demanding fulfillment of the assurance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi made to the lawyers of the country on March 1, 2014 during BCI organized massive function at Gandhinagar where Modi was the chief guest as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The BCI resolution recalled that Modi had then given a clear assurance to the lawyers that if he becomes the Prime Minister of the country, he would make some budgetary provisions for lawyers, the legal profession and their welfare.
The demands of the BCI include: Insurance cover up to Rs 20 lakh for lawyers and their families (dependents); free medical treatment of every type of disease in best hospitals of India & other countries (if needed) for the advocates; Lawyers should be provided a “special card” for this purpose, so that they could avail the benefit of this schemes anytime, anywhere. Stipend for needy new entrants at the Bar up to 5 years of their practice (Minimum Rs 10,000 per month); Scheme for pension for old/indigent Advocates and provision for family pension in case of untimely death of Advocates (Minimum Rs.50,000 per month) and Advocates Protection Act to be enacted for Advocates of the country by the Parliament.
All the Bar Associations of the country should have adequate building, accommodation, sitting facilities with well equipped Libraries, e-libraries, internet, toilets etc. and facilities for lady advocates. Interest free housing loans, loans for library, vehicle for the needy advocates. Government should acquire lands at cheaper rates for the housing of advocates; Legal Services Authority Act – amendments and necessary changes should be made in the Act so that the functions under this Act could be discharged by the lawyers (and not the Judges or Judicial Officers only).
All the Acts (which provide for appointments of retired Judges/Judicial Officers as the Presiding Officers/Member of different Tribunals, Commissions or Forums/Authorities) should be properly amended so that competent Advocates (and not only the Judges) could also be appointed on these places.
In case of untimely death of any Advocate (below 65 years of age) due to accident, murder, any disease, the Government should grant the family/ dependents at least a sum of Rs.50 lakhs.
Nonetheless, the Council lamented that the demands are yet to be fulfilled because of which the nationwide protect rally was held today.
High Court Bar Association Nagaland vice president N Mozhui and joint secretary Joshua Sheqi appended the letter submitted to the State Governor. (Page News Service)