Sunday, March 27, 2016

Software to ease payments of Advocates Welfare fund

The Karnataka State Bar Council will soon launch a software which would be of great relief for advocates and also to ensure transparency in the administration.

For more than ten years advocates from all across the State were going all the way to Bengaluru every year to pay the amount for welfare fund. With the launch of the new software, the payment process will be made online.

The advocate have to pay the money in the nearby bank, and immediately it will be credit to his/her account. They can also access their account details online. In particular the advocates who were traveling all their way from Gulbarga, Belgaum will heave a sign of relief. Rs 500 is collected as welfare fund from an advocate practicing for 15 years, while Rs 1000 is collected for those above 15 years.

This apart, fresh advocates can file application online for enrollment. After scrutiny they will be given an appointment for oath taking ceremony.

The Karnataka State Bar Council Chairman AR Patil said that the software would be launched by April. With the launch of software the advocates can access to all the administrative details and know the account transactions.

Banks to distribute stamp

Council has taken steps to bring in transparency in Advocate Welfare Stamp. Soon, the stamps will me made available in banks, which is so far sold by State Bar Council through Bar Associations.

Speaking to Express, few advocates said that there was no guarantee of a large sum of money that was collected by sale of stamp was credited to the Welfare Fund, and the decision of the Council will streamline the system.

Advocate Lokesh said: 'As of now there are no accounts maintained of court fee stamps. By purchase of stamps through bank there will be account for every rupee. On an average 2 lakh interlocutory applications are filed in the State every day paying a Stamp duty of Rs 5 and Rs 10 is collected towards Vakalath Stamp.'

The Council is all set to digitalise the enrollment details of all 90,000 advocates practicing in the State and destroy the documents preserved since 1961.
It helps to keep the record safely and will be easy to retrieve information about the advocates, as the scanned details of the advocates will be saved district wise online.

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