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Family of dead HIV victims to get pension

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 01:24:00
Health minister Duryodhan Majhi said.
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Bauribandhu Moharana
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Bhubaneswar, Oct, 31 (Odisha.in) Orissa government has decided to provide Special pension to next of kin of those whose husband or wife died of HIV/AIDS, Health Minister Durodhan Majhi here said.

Terming the initiative first of its kind in the country, Majhi said," this is a token of support to the families of the HIV/AIDS victims losing their lives untimely".

The Women and Child Development Department would provide Rs.200 per month as Special Pension Relaxing the existing norms followed in case of widow/Old age pension and disability Pension, he said.

Besides, the Women and Children living with HIV/AIDS would also be provided with similar special allowance after due identification process, the Health Minister said adding that it has also been decided for provision of old age homes for older persons who have lost other family members to HIV .

Since, HIV/AIDS normally made the family of the victim economically run down; Majhi said HIV positive persons and affected families would be included in supplementary nutrition program, he told Odisha.in.

Similarly, it has also been decided to bring the Childrren of HIV infected parents to enable them to continue education by providing them scholarships , he said Informing that debates , essay writing , painting and other similar competitions with HIV/AIDS as theme in colleges and Universities  would be organized as part of the Awareness campaign by involving the students.

He said that steps would be taken to identify HIV positive and AIDS cases by involving the Anganwadi workers and Women Shelf Help Groups in Rural level.

The Health Minister as the Chairman of the State Council on AIDS, Orissa, was reviewing HIV/AIDS responses in the state and the scope of facilitating HIV mainstreaming initiatives in government department at its first meeting here.

As a part of the initiative to combat and prevent the dreaded disease, it has been decided to create regular awareness program for staffs in the government departments and Public sector undertakings by preparing annual action plan with budgetary support for respective departments.

Initially eight departments- Panchayati raj, Housing Urban Development, Youth and Sports affairs department, School and Mass Education Department, Higher Education department, Labour and Employment, Women and Child Development Department, Information and Public Relations Department have been included in the mainstreaming program, he said adding the staffs of the concerned department would be imparted training to create awareness and undertake sensitization program against the AIDS.

Even the elected representatives in the Panchayat and municipal areas would be sensitized  to get better result in preventing the AIDS, he said.

 Odisha.in

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