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Delhi government to re-open link for updating data for advocates welfare scheme

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The Delhi Government has informed the Delhi High Court that they have decided to re-open the link to enable lawyers to complete their data for the purpose of clearing discrepancies in the data in relation to the insurance policies for Advocates.

A single-judge bench of Justice Pratibha M. Singh while hearing the petition through video conferencing noted,

“GNCTD/BCD shall prepare a circular informing all advocates of the effect and benefits of the NIACL policy and the fact that all advocates have to update/rectify/provide their details. For the purpose of filling up of data, two weeks’ time may be granted by GNCTD to all the lawyers.”

The bench was hearing a batch of petitions in relation to the Chief Minister’s Advocates Welfare Scheme.

As regards the status report filed with respect to the insurance policies, the counsel appearing for the Delhi Government submitted that there are various discrepancies in the data furnished by lawyers in respect of their dependents and other details, including:

i. Non-availability of gender of dependents of the applicant.

ii. Non-availability of date of birth as per the format of Insurance Company.

iii. Incorrect date of birth of the applicants.

iv. Names of many dependents are prefixed with the word “Late”.

v. Details of beneficiaries without main applicant advocate.

The bench has further noted that the order only extends to those lawyers who had registered to the deadline fixed and shall not extend to lawyers who had not previously registered. “…the issue as to whether the registration ought to be opened once again is still under consideration by this Court in the pending writ petitions,” Justice Singh stated.

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The two-week’s time allowed for updating data by advocates will commence from December 28. The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on January 15.

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