Nationwide strike by Bar Council of India enters Day 2

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Bhubaneswar: Judicial activities in the state was badly affected as the two-day nationwide strike called by the Bar Council of India (BCI) entered the second day on Tuesday.

The members of all bar associations of the State, including that of the Orissa High Court, stayed away from court proceedings and joined the two-day nationwide demonstrations.

As part of the nationwide demonstration, lawyers in Odisha took out rallies from their respective bar offices and marched towards the offices of the district Collectors and tehsildars in their localities and submitted memorandums addressed to the Prime Minister,” informed State Bar Council chairman Tahali Charan Mohanty.

The members of the outfit took out a rally and submitted the memorandum to the Cuttack district Collector over a five-point charter of demands. They along with their colleagues of Bhubaneswar would also submit a copy of the memorandum to the Odisha Governor today.

According to sources, the lawyers are demanding better infrastructural facilities for courts across the country and a budgetary allocation of Rs 5,000 crore for financial protection. They are also demanding stipend and insurance cover for them and their families.

The lawyers are also demanding amendments to the Legal Services Authority Act so as to allow them to head the concerned authorities.

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