The Supreme Court Bar Association(SCBA) has introduced a financial assistance scheme for its members who are in need of monetary assistance during COVID-19 lockdown. The scheme envisages providing a one-time ex-gratia grant of aid to needy lawyers.
The “COVID-19 Financial Assistance and Grant Scheme” will extend to applicants whose names featured in the SCBA voters list during the years 2015 to 2019 and who are in dire need of financial assistance.
Eligible members will have to send an application to the Supreme Court Bar Associtation (SCBA) while taking undertakings on certain prescribed parameters. The SCBA members with annual income of less than Rs 8 lakh per annum will qualify for the scheme and documents concerning the IT returns of preceding years will have to be affixed with the application.
The SCBA had also introduced a loan scheme for its members in April.
Lawyers seeking to apply for the grant under the latest scheme have been asked to declare if they had availed the benefit under the any previous loan scheme launched in April either by Supreme Court bar association or other schemes by any other body.
The notice signed by the Secretary, Advocate Rohit Pandey, says that the identity of the beneficiaries will remain confidential and the applications submitted will be scrutinised by the Executive Committee before granting any assistance.
Through this scheme a one-time ex-gratia amount of Rs 20,000 will be released into the Bank account of the beneficiaries.
Clarifying that the Supreme Court bar association s funds are not being used for the same it added,
“The one-time financial assistance is being offered by the SCBA as an ex gratia benefit limited to a sum of Rs. 20,000/-from the generous and voluntary donations made my members of the SCBA for this purpose… The financial resources of the Supreme Court bar association are not being used for this Scheme.”
The last date for receipt of application is June 3 and the application form for the same is available on Supreme Court bar association’s website.