Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the state government will provide financial assistance of Rs 12,000 to advocate freshers for setting up offices to practice law.

"The state government would revive the State Law Commission (and) will provide a lump sum assistance of Rs 12,000 to new entrants in the profession to help them start practice and set up their offices," Chouhan said addressing first-of-its-kind 'Advocates Panchayat' at his official
residence here.

Agreeing in principle to enact Advocates' Protection Act, the chief minister said that opinion of legal experts would be sought in this regard.

Chouhan also announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of lawyers in case of death. The Bar Council also awards them the equal amount.

He said that a special fund would be created for the treatment of advocates suffering from serious diseases.

Lawyers will now have a representation in the revenue board and libraries at Tehsil level would also be enriched, Chouhan said, adding the demand for raising the honorarium of law officials and government pleaders has also been accepted by his government.

The state government has also agreed to reimburse the power bills of the offices of bar associations to a certain limit.

The legal fraternity comprising the state's Advocate General R D Jain, state Bar Council Association president Shivendra Upadhyaya welcomed the decisions.

Chouhan felicitated on the occasion some senior lawyers for their contribution to the profession of law.

Law Minister Narottam Mishra, state unit BJP president Prabhat Jha, besides a large number of lawyers was present on the occasion.


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