Lucknow: What would bring cheers on the faces of hundreds of government counsels in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has decided to hike their fee and allowances.

While the retainership allowances and argument fee of the counsels in the districts and tehsil courts have been doubled, the drafting fee, library and stenographer allowances have also been raised. 

Announcing the bonanza at the conference of the chief government advocates, the Chief Minister said, “The retainer fee for government counsels practicing criminal, civil and revenue cases has been increased from Rs 3000 to Rs 6000 per month. And the argument fee has been increased from Rs 550 to Rs 1100. The additional public prosecutor would get retainer fee of Rs 4,800 per month from Rs 2,400 per month and argument fee of Rs 1,000 from existing Rs 500.”

According to the government order, the assistant public prosecutor would now receive a retainer fee of Rs 4,200 per month against the existing Rs 2,100 while their argument fee has been hiked to Rs 1,000 from Rs 500.

Similarly the deputy public prosecutor would get retainer fee of Rs 3,600 in place of Rs 1,800 per month while their argument fee has been raised to Rs 850 from Rs 425.

Speaking about governments civil lawyer retainer fees, she said the retainer fees of these lawyers would be increased from Rs 1800 to Rs 3600 per month. And fee for each argue for every working day has been increased to Rs 850.

The decision was taken after the government found that the fees of the public prosecutors were very less. In order to motivate the lawyers to work properly for the government and the poor people, the government decided to raise their fees. The retainer fee of the High Court lawyers of the state government has already been increased. 

The Chief Minister said, “For the construction of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, the Central government has not released its share of fund. However the state government has already decided to use Rs 500 crore. For the library and other facilities for the High Court judges, the state government will fund additional amount of Rs 50 crore.”

On this occasion, the chairman of the UP State Advisory Council Satish Chandra Mishra on the behalf of the lawyers assured the CM that they would ensure justice to the poor and work with utmost honesty.

(JPN/ Bureau)