Chandigarh, May 1: In a bid to woo advocates ahead of state assembly elections slated next year, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced enhancement of life insurance amount for them and provide them flats or allot suitable land for construction of their housing societies in Mohali.
The amount of life insurance will be increased from Rs 4.80 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and the Advocate General has been directed to complete the formalities in this regard at the earliest, Badal said at a function organised by the Bar Council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to hand over the licenses to 200 advocates.
Enhancement of insurance amount has been a major demand of the legal fraternity. The ordinance with regard to the enhanced limit of life insurance amount would be issued soon so that the benefit could reach them, he said.
Apart from this, the Chief Minister also announced flats or suitable land for the construction of housing societies for lawyers in Mohali will be given. The Chief Minister also said the government has set up judicial complexes in the state at a cost of Rs 220 crore.
Punjab government has initiated Advocate Welfare Fund for which the state contributed Rs 1 crore as corpus fund.
Speaking on the occasion, President of Punjab and Haryana Bar Association Harpreet Singh Brar thanked the chief minister for being generous to the legal fraternity.