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Bonus joy for lawyers
- Holi brings smiles on some faces in Dhanbad, spurs passenger rush on capital platforms

Lawyers in Dhanbad are sure to have a blast in Holi this year.

Thanks to Dhanbad Bar Association, around 1,700 regular lawyers practising at different courts in the coal capital will get Rs 2,000 each as festival allowance ahead of the colour of festival. According to Supreme Court directive, only such lawyers who have filed at least 15 affidavits in last financial year with regard to different cases will be considered as regular lawyers.

The bar association has decided to sanction the festival allowance within a day or two once the final scrutiny of the list of regular lawyers is done.

President of Dhanbad Bar Association Kansari Mandal said the cash would be directly transferred to the bank accounts. The bonus is provided from the lawyer welfare fund of the association.

“However, lawyers who are either retired government or PSU employees and get pension, will not get the benefit of festival allowance,” said Mandal. The bonus will also not be given to lawyers who have less than two years of experience.

Association general secretary Devi Sharan Sinha echoed Mandal, saying, “We have the bank account numbers of all the registered lawyers and will deposit the bonus after finalisation of the beneficiary list.”

Young lawyer Shadab Ansari welcomed the step, but added that the association must carry out other activities too.

“Though providing bonus is a good move, other activities such as hosting training programmes and developing the infrastructure should also be taken up on priority basis,” he added.