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Kalam for a robust law on AIDS

He calls for a law to end discrimination against HIV/AIDS infected. Your take?

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 21:46 IST

President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday called for a legislation to be brought into force within six months to end discrimination against HIV/AIDS infected people.

Kalam urged MPs to ensure a robust and effective law and have it in place within six months. He was speaking at a function held at the Parliament library building to mark World AIDS Day.

The president also urged the government to work towards making the cost of anti-retroviral drugs for treatment of HIV/AIDS more affordable.

He stressed that for a more effective awareness campaign among high-risk groups and the young, village panchayats and religious bodies should be roped in for reaching out to more people.

Vice President BS Shekhawat, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, opposition leader LK Advani and Health Minister A Ramadoss also attended the function, organised by the ministry of health and family welfare with the parliamentarian forum on HIV/AIDS.

First Published: Dec 01, 2006 14:11 IST