Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced a housing scheme for lawyers of Punjab and Haryana high court to be constructed in SAS Nagar.
“You want to build houses yourselves or opt for government constructed ones? Decide among yourselves, and apprise me. I will take it up with PUDA (Punjab Urban Development Authority), the CM said while announcing a housing scheme for lawyers in SAS Nagar.
Presiding over the lawyers’ induction program, organised by Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana (BCPH) at Law Bhawan in Sector-37, the CM announced in case of death of a lawyer, the affected family would get a compensation of 10 lakh in place of Rs 4 lakh being given presently. For the purpose, he said an amendment in Punjab Lawyers Welfare Fund Act would be required, and would be done in the next assembly session. All those lawyers covered under the Act would get the benefit. The CM also announced a legislation for the welfare of lawyers in state and said it would be brought during the next assembly session.
Badal’s visit comes a day after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s visit at BCPH in which he had targeted his government. Kejriwal’s visit had led to fissures in BCPH over extending the invite to him.
Badal skirted any reference to Kejriwal’s visit and talked of lawyers’ issues only. He exhorted the inductees to work hard. The advocate generals of Punjab and Haryana, Ashok Aggarwal and BR Mahajan, respectively, Punjab and Haryana high court Bar Association president, HS Brar and former BCPH chairman, Lekh Raj Sharma were also present.