Delhi Doubles Financial Assistance (Rs. 2000 p.m) to HIV / AIDS Patients

Published Date - 08 August 2018 02:43:32 Updated Date - 08 August 2018 02:51:35


In a move to improve the living standards of people suffering from HIV/AIDS, the Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to double the financial assistance to them.People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) require lifelong Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) due to their compromised immune system and also require extra nutrition, in addition to a balanced diet, to cope with their special needs, reads a statement from the government.The financial assistance provided to such patients has been increased to Rs 2,000 per month from the current Rs 1,000 per month.

According to the government data, till March, 27, 250 PLHIV are on ART in Delhi at 11 centres located in the major government hospitals in Delhi, run under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).The Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also removed the age restriction on financial assistance to individuals with special needs.

The SWD had also proposed for doing away with the age restriction on financial assistance to individuals with special needs. With the cabinet’s nod all differently-abled people in the capital can avail the benefit even after they turn 60 years.

Under the previous system, eligible persons with disabilities having an annual family income not more than Rs 1 lakh get the grant from the city’s SWD.

The beneficiaries will not be eligible for pension under more than one scheme among the three schemes for the old age, persons with disability and pension to women in distress.

This move of doubling the assistance amount of HIV / AIDS Patients in Delhi is to improve the living standards of people. This decision is taken in the cabinet meeting held on 7 August 2018. Moreover, disabled people also requires extra nutrition along with a balanced diet to fulfill their special needs. This amount will enable them to cope up with this serious disease.

Assistance for orphan children affected by HIV / AIDS has also been increased. They will also get double financial assistance.

HIV / AIDS Patients in Delhi to get Double Assistance

All the PLHAs in Delhi will now get double financial assistance for their Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) and extra nutrition. The financial assistance which would be provided to PLHAs is given below:-

  • All HIV / AIDS Patients in Delhi will now get Rs. 2,000 per month.
  • In case of HIV / AIDS infected orphan and destitute children who are infected with disease in institutional care will now get Rs. 4,100 from current Rs. 2050.
  • For PLHAs falling under orphan children category will now get Rs. 3,500 instead of Rs. 1,750.

As per the official data, there are a total number of 27,250 (till March 2018) PLHIV who are on ART in Delhi. There are 11 ART centers which are located in major government hospitals in Delhi being run under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).

Age Restriction in Delhi Disability Pension Scheme Removed

The cabinet committee of Delhi chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal has removed the age restriction on financial assistance to individuals with special needs. Earlier, when a person with special needs used to attain the age of 60 years, then pension was converted to old age pension. Now the age restriction has been removed under Delhi Disability Pension Scheme / Viklang Pension. The disability pension in Delhi will continue lifelong or until the conditions under which the assistance is granted no longer exist.

Disabled people above 60 years of age will now not be categorized under Old Age Pension Scheme. They would continue to get an increased pension of Rs. 2500 per month under Delhi Disability Pension Scheme / Viklang pension. Till now, any person with disability from birth to 60 years with annual family income less Rs. 1,00,000 per annum was able to receive pension.

Viklang Pension / Disability Pension Scheme in Delhi covers persons with blindness, low vision, locomotor disability, hearing impaired, leprosy cured, cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation and mental illness. Moreover, the beneficiaries cannot avail the benefits of more than one scheme at a time among 3 schemes – Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, and Disability Pension.

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