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‘Law graduates need stipend for initial years of struggle’

Updated on: 13 May,2022 08:08 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Vinod Kumar Menon | vinodm@mid-day.com

Lawyers and advocates seek monthly stipend to fresh law graduates, cite Karnataka, Kerala, Delhi examples

‘Law graduates need stipend for initial years of struggle’

Students union president Siddharth Ingle and others with minister of Higher and technical education Uday Samant

Students unions have written to the state government, pressing for a stipend of Rs 5,000 for fresh graduates , but to no avail. Meanwhile, Karnataka has already implemented stipend for lawyers and Kerala is set to implement it soon. Maharashtra, however, had a similar scheme in 1981 which was scrapped a year later.

mid-day on May 12 reported how the students demanded the stipend, on the lines of Karnataka and Kerala, in a meeting with the higher and technical education minister Uday Samant.

Advocate Vasant Salunke, chairman of Maharashtra and Goa (including Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu) Bar Council, said, “Our bar council has been writing time and again to the state government for the past three decades, requesting them to start a monthly stipend. But till date, our plea has gone unheard. It usually takes between three to five years for young law graduates to lay hands on their practice and clients independently, and therefore the need for providing this stipend was mooted.”

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