‘Soon no discrimination against HIV patients’
New Delhi: Government on Thursday pledged to bring
a law soon to ensure that there is no discrimination against
HIV/AIDS patients as Health Ministry is all set to initiate
the process after receiving the draft law from Law Ministry in
the next ten days.
"Government will soon bring law against discrimination
against HIV/AIDS patients. The Health Ministry will receive
the draft law from Law Ministry in next ten days," Health
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters on the sidelines of
of a function to mark World AIDS Day here.
However, he did not mention as to when the bill will be
introduced in Parliament.
Activists have been demanding the immediate passage of
a law while expressing disappointment over the "apathy"
shown towards HIV-infected people. They have alleged that the
government was not showing any urgency on the issue and
appealed to it to pass the HIV/AIDS bill in the Winter
A group of NGOs and Lawyers' Collective, a legal advocacy
group that helped draft the HIV/AIDS bill, said the measure is
very important in the light of the "large-scale"
discrimination being faced by the HIV positive people in the
To create awareness about the HIV, Azad said the
government will soon start 'Red Buses' on the lines of 'Red
Trains' which will be used for campaign purposes. "Wherever
trains can't reach, we will use the buses," he said.
Addressing the function, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit said the city government will provide Rs 1,600-2,000
financial assistance to HIV children as well as children whose
parents were infected by it.