The Chairman of the Bar Council for the eight North Eastern states Advocate I. Lalit Kumar Monday expressed concern on the non- implementation of the Advocate Welfare Fund Act 2001 by most of the states in the region.
Chairman Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Advocate, I. Lalit Kumar who was on a private visit to Kohima told this correspondent during an exclusive interview at Hotel Japfu Kohima.
Except Assam, no other states of the region has so far implemented the Advocate Welfare Fund Act 2001 while Manipur is presently on the process, the Bar council chairman said. He also revealed that he was here in the state capital on private visit to meet the Bar Associations from the state, share views and also take stock of the grievances of advocates in the state.
Advocates are rendering their services in protecting the democracy of the country and the welfare of its citizens but presently, there is no social security for them. Once the Act is implemented, the practicing advocates or those advocates who had enrolled themselves will get certain social security at time of their needs or at time of their demise. The Advocate Welfare Fund Act 2001 was supposed to be implemented by each state of the country along with the Bar Council.
The Bar Council Chairman also revealed that during his visit, he had mooted the need for organizing legal workshop/seminar for the advocate to update their knowledge and in this regard had asked the Kohima Bar Association to organize such workshop and seminar along with other Bar Associations in the state.
Kohima Bar Association, President Khriedi Theunuo who was also with the Chairman of the Bar Council revealed that, no such legal seminar or workshop were organised for the advocates so far. He thanked the chairman for his keen initiative and showing concern for the Bar Association and the advocates of the state.