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Bengal Govt committed to the welfare of HIV+ people

Bengal Govt committed to the welfare of HIV+ people

Kolkata, Dec 1 (UNI)The West Bengal Government is committed to the

welfare of HIV+ people and among the schemes started by Chief Minister

Mamata Banerjee for the people of the state are several welfare schemes

and programmes for AIDS and HIV patients as well.

The West Bengal Government provides subsidised rice at Rs 2 per kg

to poor HIV patients in the state, including sex workers.

The Food Department carried out surveys last year on the basis of

which it is distributing the foodgrains. Since there is stigma attached to

such people, the department has ensured that the details about these

people are available only to its officials. Neither the ration shop owner

of the locality nor the local food inspector and officials are privy to

the details.

All schools run under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education

(WBBSE) have been instructed to include students living with or

diagnosed with HIV as ‘child belonging to disadvantaged group’.

The student will get similar nature of facilities that SC/ ST or minority

students get, including government grants, reservation, scholarships and

hostel facility.

Sex workers are a vulnerable group who are at risk of contracting HIV.

The Bengal Government has launched a scheme ‘Muktir Alo’ for the

rehabilitation of women who have been trafficked for prostitution.

This scheme, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was

inaugurated by her in September 2015. It has been successful in

providing succor to such women in its own small way. One such

beneficiary, after receiving training, has opened a cafeteria named

Mukti near the entrance of Alipore Zoo.

Similar cafeterias by beneficiaries have also been opened at other

places in Kolkata – at Munshiganj in Khidderpore and at the court

premises in Alipore. Another is slated to open at Bikash Bhavan in

Salt Lake.

Clearly, the Bengal Government is committed to the well-being of all,

and does not discriminate among beneficiaries while distributing

services to people.

UNI SJC KK

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