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Hike in post-death relief for advocates

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CHENNAI: The State government has sanctioned an annual grant of up to Rs 2.50 crore to the Tamil Nadu Advocates' Welfare Fund, which is a corpus from which families of lawyers dying in harness are paid solatium.

An order passed in this regard said the government grant would be Rs. 2.50 crore per annum or the gap in resources of the Fund, whichever was less.

The solatium in respect of advocates who had been members of the Fund for less than 15 years at the time of their death would be Rs three lakh, and higher amounts would be sanctioned depending on the number of years of their membership.

The maximum amount paid to families of deceased lawyers would go up to Rs five lakh in case of advocates who had been members of the Fund for at least 30 years at the time of their death.

In view of the revision in the solatium payment, welfare fund stamps of the value of Rs 30 should be affixed in petitions instead of Rs 10. Membership in the Fund is based on an admission fee of Rs. 1,000 and annual subscriptions ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500.

The government order also said that necessary amendments to the Tamil Nadu Advocates' Welfare Fund Act would be taken up separately.

An official press release said the government had already issued an order to provide one-time grant of Rs. 2 crore to the Fund.

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