India Plans Comprehensive Insurance Scheme for Advocates

Ravi Shankar Prasad - Law Minister of India. (file photo). Courtesy: PIB
Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law Minister of India. (file photo). Courtesy: PIB

The Government of India has set-up a five-member committee to examine the issues related to framing of a proper, structured scheme for providing insurance cover to the advocates and also suggest modalities for the implementation of such scheme.

India’s Minister for Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad has set-up the committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Legal Affairs. Other members of the committee will include a senior representative from the Department of Financial Services and representative of Department of legal affairs. The committee will also have one representative each from Bar Council of India and State Bar Councils.

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According to a government statement issued on March 8, Prasad has directed that the committee will recommend a comprehensive insurance scheme for the welfare of advocates all over India to address concerns relating to untimely death and medical insurance.

It states that committee should submit its reports within three months and if the need be the committee may take opinion from all stakeholders including the representatives of the insurance companies to devise the proposed scheme.

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The committee shall also suggest the modalities of administration of the insurance scheme under a high-powered body with adequate representatives of all stakeholders.

Earlier, a delegation of lawyers led by Manan Mishra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, including Members of Bar Council of India and office bearers of various Advocates Associations met the Law Minister in connection with their concerns and demands.

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