Agartala: The Tripura Cabinet has given its approval for framing the Advocates Welfare Fund Rules 2020 for social security and financial assistance to lawyers and their family members in case of death of an advocate or undergo treatment suffering from any particular disease.
Speaking at a press conference in Civil Secretariat in Agartala, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said there was a long-pending demand of advocates in Tripura to form an ‘advocates’ welfare fund’ which was neglected by the previous Left Front government and accordingly, the BJP-IPFT government has given its approval to form a trustee committee.
“A trustee committee would be constituted for advocates’ welfare fund and the advocate general would be ex-officio chairperson, secretaries of law and home departments would be ex-officio member secretaries, members of Bar Council, PP and two advocates,” he said.
He also said that 20% of enrollment fees of the lawyers would go to the fund and other contributions can also be made while all of this would be tax free. The lawyers would have to be the member of this fund within six months to get the benefits of medical and other facilities.
“In the event of the death of a member, the spouse and in the absence of the spouse the dependent children of the deceased member may apply for the amount payable under the Act of Trustee Committee,” Nath added.
He also said that the trustee committee up on receiving the application from the member or their family members would inquiry the matter and after satisfaction an amount of Rs 50,000 can be sanctioned in case of major surgical operation and Rs 1 lakh in case of open heart surgery, organ transplantation, angioplasty, tuberculosis, leprosy, paralysis and cancer.
“If the claimant is entitled or has received any such benefits from any other source, then he shall not be entitled to similar benefit under the rule. Dependent children for the purpose of this rule means a son or a daughter who has not completed the age of 18 years and includes unmarried or widow or legally divorced would also receive the benefits from the fund,” Nath added.
The funds can be collected from the State Bar Council, any other contribution by a state bar council, any voluntary donation or contribution, any grants which may be made by the central government or state, any sum borrowed, sum received from life insurance corporation, ONGC, sale of stamps.
Nath also said that the ‘advocates welfare fund’ exists in around 19 states including West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Delhi and Tripura would be second state after Assam in Northeast region to form this fund for the welfare of lawyers whosoever would be its members.