The Delhi government has filed its reply on a petition regarding medical insurance for Delhi lawyers. The state government has said that the tender has been withdrawn for the insurance of the lawyers.
In the reply filed in Delhi High Court on Friday i.e. July 17, the state government has said that the tender has been withdrawn for the insurance of lawyers. For this, applications were invited on the official portal on 25 June, while on 26 June its advertisement has also been given in the media.
The Delhi government has told the High Court that the last date for application has been set as 27 July. The tender will be auctioned on 28 and 29 July. After getting a reply from the Delhi government, the High Court directed that the tender should be issued to the companies after completing the tender process by August 8, so that the process of getting medical insurance to the lawyers can be completed at the earliest.
Significantly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced a Welfare Scheme worth Rs 50 crore to the lawyers by the Delhi government last year. The Bar Council of Delhi and some other lawyers had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, stating that no insurance was provided for the lawyers under this scheme by the Delhi government.
During the hearing in the court, the Delhi Bar Council said that in this period of Corona, lawyers need financial help. The financial situation of most lawyers has deteriorated after the work of the court came to a standstill and they also need medical help in this period of illness.
To take advantage of this welfare scheme and to register the lawyers, the High Court directed that this time should be further extended for 2 weeks. By 19 April, the Delhi Bar Council received applications from 37,000 lawyers residing in Delhi, out of which 29098 lawyers were found suitable to take advantage of this scheme. In the hearing, the Bar Council told the court that there are 49 thousand lawyers in Delhi, who should get the benefit of it.
The Bar Council also told the High Court that there are more than 12 thousand such lawyers who live in NCR but their house is outside Delhi. On this, the court has asked the Bar Council of Delhi and the Delhi government’s lawyer to sit among themselves and decide whether the benefit of the Delhi government scheme can also be given to the lawyers living in the NCR? Under this 50 crore insurance scheme issued to lawyers by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Bar Council has demanded a mediclaim of Rs 5 lakh and term insurance of Rs 10 lakh.