Rajya Sabha passes HIV bill, activists call it restrictive
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill, pending for over three years, that ensures treatment for every one of those tainted with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
In any case, the entry was not without discussion, generally over an expression ‘quite far’ in Section 14(1) of the Bill. While a few individuals required the evacuation of the condition, seen as prohibitive, it was at long last gone in its unique shape.
The area says: “Measures to be taken by the Central or state Governments might incorporate giving hostile to retroviral treatment and deft administration beyond what many would consider possible, to individuals living with HIV or AIDS.”
Activists introduce amid the civil argument did not conceal their outrage. “The Union Health Ministry has tricked the entire parliament. They say that treatment won’t be denied to anybody. Notwithstanding, they would prefer not to evacuate the prohibitive proviso — ‘beyond what many would consider possible’,” said Paul Lhungdim, a lobbyist with the Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+).
While 21 lakh patients are assessed to live with HIV, just 12 lakh have been enrolled under the administration’s program. Of those, 10 lakh are on a hostile to retroviral treatment (ART) treatment.
Lhungdim stated, that for quite a long time there have been times when HIV testing units and critical medications, under the National AIDS Control Program (NACO), have been out of stock.
“On the off chance that the bill has been drafted to ensure the lives of the individuals who are influenced by HIV then the treatment ought to be ensured,” he said.
In his answer to the verbal confrontation, however, Health Minister JP Nadda stated, “I might want to educate the House that while making the tenets, we will guarantee that no one is denied treatment and we are resolved to give restorative treatment to every one of those living with HIV or AIDS. We are running with a forceful arrangement.”
In the meantime, he likewise said that there would be an arrangement in the tenets to give legitimization to denying treatment to HIV-AIDS patients.
Countless were of the view that the expression ‘as far conceivable’ would invalidate the point of the bill as it gives a pathway to the Center and the states to deny treatment for the deadly contamination to patients.
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014, was passed by a voice vote.