The central government also plans to provide funds for rehabilitation of victims and improving nutrition levels to fight the disease which has hit several districts in UP and Uttarakhand.
For womenThe cabinet is also expected to consider amendments to Indecent Representation of Women Act to include cyber space, multi-media messaging and TV under its ambit and impose hefty fines for any violation.
The women and child development ministry has proposed that indecent representation of women through any other medium such as print, audio, visual including ads would also be punishable with a fine of R50,000 and a three-year jail term.
The proposed amendments have not only widened the scope of the existing legislation but have also substantially enhanced the penalties for violation of the Act.
The original Act, enacted in 1986, relates to print media and prohibited indecent portrayal of women through ads, publication, writing and painting.