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HC seeks status of proposal to hike pension for poor AIDS patients

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the about the status of a proposal to increase the monthly to be paid to poor people suffering from the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and suggested that at least minimum wages be given to them.

The observation by a bench of Acting and Justice C came after it was told that the has forwarded a proposal to increase the amount from Rs 1,000 to between Rs 3,000-6,000 and it is pending for consideration of the health department.

The court, thereafter, directed the of the to file a report indicating what is the status of the proposal and listed the matter for further hearing on May 2.

It said the report will also indicate the mode of payment of the amount to the poor AIDS patients.

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 was getting.

During the hearing, Ajay Verma, appointed as amicus curiae by the court in the matter, told the bench that several states in the country are providing benefits to the poor suffering from AIDS.

He said that the states of and provide passes to such persons while and had several schemes, including access to subsidised food, for them.

The court had on the last date of hearing told the that if cannot provide pension to poor AIDS patients, then it should not provide free water and to those who can afford such amenities.

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

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 21:45 IST