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Non-Implementation Of Several Schemes by Govt. for welfare of HIV/AIDS Victims: Patna HC calls For Status Report [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2021 11:38pm

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A writ petition filed in Patna High Court invitesattention  on  thenon-implementation   of   the  several   schemes   notified  by   the Government (for welfare of HIV/AIDS Victim) and praysfor  issuance  ofcertain directions.

The enactment, namely Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention And Control) Act, 2017 was notified on 17th September 2018 and seeks to provide equality of opportunities and end discrimination of HIV/AIDS victims.

Dealing with the plea, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar of Patna High Court on Monday (22nd March) directed the ascertainment of several issues. 

The case is titled as Council For Protection Of Public Rights And Welfare v. The Union Of India and Ors., wherein the bench observed that:

“The ratio, in which the cases of HIV stand increased in the State of Bihar and that too amongst the people hailing from rural areas, is alarming. Apathy and inaction on the part of the State of Bihar in dealing with the issue stand highlighted.”

The Court appointed Amicus Curiae in the matter, Siddhartha Prasad on 21st December, 2020, who invited Court' attention primarily, to the following core issues:- 

  1. The sharp increase in the number of cases of the disease (AIDS) in the State of Bihar;
  2. Non-utilisation of the funds earmarked by the Central Government/ National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO)/its instrumentalities in the State of Bihar;
  3. Non-establishment of Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) Centers in 11, out of 38 districts, in the State of Bihar.
  4. Unfilled vacancies at different levels in the Bihar State AIDS Control Society which is working with the human resource of only up… Continue Reading...

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