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10:46am, 15th June, 2016

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Sex workers and HIV patients will receive rice at Rs 2 in West Bengal This is the first time in the country that such a scheme is being implemented for this strata of society.  

Mamta Banerjee

In a state where sex workers and HIV patients are abundant, this Government policy is actually a relief.

Mamta Banerjee-led West Bengal government has decided to provide rice for rupees two to the sex workers and the poor HIV patients in the state, it is the first time that state government has taken such decision for sex workers and the HIV patients.

In a conversation with the news agency PTI state’s Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said “This project is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. For the first time in the country, a state government has decided that sex workers and poor HIV patients will be given rice at Rs.2 per Kg,”

The minister claimed that in the first phase, about one lakh beneficiaries from across the state will be identified for the purpose. This scheme will also include Poor leprosy patients, deaf and dumb children in various homes.

Sex workers and poor HIV patients
will be given rice at Rs.2 per Kg”

According to the minister a survey for the identification of sex workers and HIV positive patients will start in few days and the survey will be completed in next six months. The Implementation of the project can be seen from January 2017.

Officials of the food department in coordination with local authorities will conduct the survey; it would be first carried out in red light areas of the state. After the verification is complete, ration card number of the HIV-positive patients will be put into the data bank of the food department, so that they can avail the scheme.

This news is a relief to West Bengal’s more than 1.5 lakh sex workers.

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