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Don't give things free if you can't pay pension to AIDS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The can provide free water and to those who have roof over their heads but can't afford to pay monthly to the poor suffering from AIDS, the High said today.

"Be realistic and reasonable. If you do not have money, then do not give things (like water and electricity) free to people," a bench of Acting and Justice C said.

It said that poor people who were suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), were the ones who actually needed financial assistance, as they had families dependent on them.

The said the amount of Rs 1,000, currently being paid per month to such people, was not even Rs 100 per day and asked the to consider providing them minimum wages.

The bench was hearing a PIL initiated by it after receiving a letter from an AIDS victim, seeking enhancement of the Rs 1,000 he received to Rs 3,000.

Verma, appointed as amicus curiae by the in the matter, told the bench that while states like and had several schemes and benefits like on public transport and access to subsidised food, had no such assistance to offer.

The government's lawyer, Gautam Narayan, told the that it was considering the issue.

The bench then asked the to place the outcome of its consideration before the on the next date of hearing on March 14.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 18:46 IST