The Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) has resolved to pay a sum of Rs 10,000 to those advocates who test positive for COVID-19 and are in home quarantine and a sum of Rs. 25,000 to those are admitted to hospitals due to the virus.
The Bar body issued a press statement announcing this decision.
“In order to mitigate the sufferings of the infected Advocates, the Bar Council, in its meeting held on 7th May, 2021 has unanimously resolved to sanction a sum of Rs 10,000 to Advocates, who are tested positive for COVID-19 and who are in home quarantine and a sum of Rs 25,000 to those Advocates who are infected by COVID-19 and are hospitalized,” the press release said.
Further, it stated that KSBC had held a series of meetings with the Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka, Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and succeeded in convincing him to direct the State government for appointment/ nomination of nodal officers for each Taluk and District Headquarters exclusively to look after the advocates and their family members.
Pursuant to this, the State government issued a notification, appointing such nodal officers at Taluka and District Level, the press statement further said.
The note also made an appeal to all lawyers and their family members to maintain COVID-19 protocol by observing social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing.
It also exhorted all lawyers to get vaccinated as early as possible.
The press note concluded with an assurance to all the members of the Bar and their family members that maximum possible assistance will be rendered to them by KSBC during the COVID 19 pandemic.