Offering Fare Concessions To HIV-Positive People

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Indian Railways is considering offering fare concessions to people living with HIV/AIDS in the country to facilitate their travel to the National AIDS Control Organisation's antiretroviral treatment centers, which offer subsidized treatment at 127 locations, the Indian Express reports.

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According to the Express,Indian Railways is considering offering concessions as high as 75% topeople living with the disease regardless of their purpose fortraveling. Indian Railways already offers fare concessions rangingbetween 50% to 75% to people living with various medical conditions,including tuberculosis, leprosy, hearing and speech disorders, andheart and kidney disorders. The consideration to expand fareconcessions is seen as one of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's "bigticket" items for the Rail budget, which is scheduled to be released inFebruary, the Express reports.

An unnamed seniorRailway official said, "The demand to offer concessions in fare to HIVand AIDS patients has been there for the past couple of years with even[NACO] seeking the benefit for" people living with the disease, adding,"However, it is for the first time that the ministry has taken up theproposal and started working out the modalities" (Rao, Indian Express, 1/1).

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