Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda has mooted a comprehensive insurance cover for lawyers with the Advocates Welfare Fund, which is currently being used only for compensation to the legal fraternity. Addressing the inaugural function at the two-day workshop organised by the Bar Council of India, on improving professional standards at the Bar, Nanda called for a radical break from the conventional use of the Fund in order to provide wider assistance to the lawyers. Such a move, he said, would also help not only protect but in fact augment the principle corpus of the Fund. In his keynote address, the senior advocate also favoured the establishment of an academy for improving the skills of lawyers. He was, however, of the view that such academy should be participative in nature rather than being a State product. When the legal profession volunteers a fund for setting up such an institution, matched by the Bar Council, then there will be a sense of partnership to ensure success of such an academy, he said, adding that the state may, at best, be called upon to provide land and other external infrastructure.
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