The Lok Sabha, on Tuesday, reportedly passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017. The bill, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 21, strengthens the rights of HIV positive people, and ensures that equal and fair treatment be meted out to them.
Terming the unanimous passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha as “historic”, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said that the Government “stands committed to free treatment of HIV patients”. Mr. Nadda maintained that the Bill was “people-centric”, and said that it strengthened the rights of people infected with HIV. Further, asserting that the Bill would prevent discrimination against people infected by HIV, he was quoted as saying, “Whosoever does not adhere to the provisions of the Bill will be penalized. There would also be civil and criminal proceedings against them. Action would be also taken against those who come between the implementation of the provisions of the proposed Bill.”
Salient features of the Bill: