LAHORE - Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court while restoring free medical facilities to the lawyers on Wednesday directed the Punjab government to allocate Rs10 million annually for this purpose. The judge passed this order while disposing of a petition earlier moved by the Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) questioning non-implementation of a chief minister directive whereof lawyers were provided free medical facilities in public hospitals. Advocate Iqbal Mohal on behalf of the provincial bar council argued, the chief minister had announced a free medical facility for lawyers and their dependents but the same had not been executed so far. Tracing history of the matter, he said the then Chief Minister in 2005 had announced this facility for the Punjab lawyers however it was without reimbursement of the money they spent on purchasing medicines from outside as well as the room facility for which only the government servants were entitled to. As such this facilities provided to lawyers was not exceptional by any means. He made a mention of the five-member committee formed by former Chief Justice of this Court, Sayed Zahid Hussain, and said, the committee had recommended to the government for placing at the disposal of the Pb BC Rs 10million funds annually so that the Council on its own, could pay for medicines lawyers would purchase from the market for their medical treatment as performance of this exercise at the end of the hospital was not possible. However the court was shown a letter issued by the Chief Minister Punjab accepting the said recommendation and also allowing the bar council to formulate a mechanism as to how it would pay for the treatment of the sick lawyers. Justice Chaudhry after hearing the arguments ordered the government to allocate Rs10 million yearly and directed the Punjab Bar Council to device a policy for the disbursement and reimbursement of the funds. The court also required the government to issue a formal notification in this behalf within three days.