BCI Calls For Details From State Bar Councils To Devise Medical And Life Insurance Scheme For Lawyers
Through a letter dated May 12, 2023, the Secretary, Bar Council of India, has requested the Secretaries of All State Bar Councils canvassing their attention over urgent requirement of data sought by the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice in order to be able to formulate a draft proposal for Medical Insurance, Term Insurance etc for the Advocates Fraternity, after due consultation with various Insurance Companies.
It is highlighted that pursuant to a meeting dated May 03, 2023, with the Law Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, and with the Department of Financial Affairs with the representatives of the Bar Council of India, it was decided that apart from providing details of various existing schemes in States and Union Territories, along with the details of contribution of State Governments and concerned State Bar Council, the Bar Council of India with the help of State Bar Councils will collect data on the number of Advocates enrolled and practicing along with their details such as age, total members of family.
This decision called for sharing of inputs about advocates from Bar Council as well as the Insurance companies.
In accordance thereof, the Bar Council of India sought data of each enrolled practicing Advocate with their name, gender, specific ages, date of birth and enrolment number, in order to proceed with the calculations of the premium for the insurance and Mediclaim polices.
While asking the Secretaries of the State Bar Councils to send the requisite details by latest May 23, 2023, it was also requested to submit the existing schemes in States and Union Territories, along with the details of contribution of State Governments and concerned State Bar Councils, apart from the balance lying in the Advocate Welfare Fund and the data relating to total number of dependent members in a duly enrolled and practicing Advocate’s family.
The Bar Council of India highlighted that requirement of these details are necessitated on an urgent basis for exact calculations of the premium for the insurance and Mediclaim polices, and so that the best and most profitable scheme may be shortlisted.