New Delhi, Jul 14 (ILNS) The Bar Council of Delhi is reaching out to the lawyers, who are in dire financial need or having health issues, BCD Chairman Ramesh Gupta today said.
Talking to the International Legal News Service (ILNS), Mr Gupta said the COVID-19 pandemic has effected the legal professionals in a big way. Many lawyers come to the capital from remote cities of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odhisa, West Bengal and other states.
The last 16 months have badly impacted the lives of many people, especially the lawyers who came to Delhi from other parts of the country. They were hit hard, as they had to pay rents and go out for basic necessities like food and medicines. With the courts closed, the lawyers community were left with almost no work.
“In a bid to help the fraternity, the BCD has so far distributed Rs 19,00,09,604 to to about 5000 fellow lawyers. Financial aid of Rs 9,03,35000 was provided to 18067 lawyers, Rs 6,29,90000 to 4015 COVID-19 positive and home quarantined advocates, Rs 56,23,830 to 112 lawyers who were hospitalised with COVID-19, Rs 8,51,468 for 100 oxygen equipment and Rs 3,09,89,306 was spent on providing ration kits to the lawyers,” the Senior Advocate said.
“Many lawyers were reluctant to seek help, so we kept their names anonymous. Many seniors came forward to help their fellows on one-to-one basis. Keeping with the spirit of ‘The left hand should not know what the right hand has given,’ the fraternity came forward to help the fellow lawyers,” added Mr Gupta. ILNS/SNG/RJ