The widow will be given the aid, regardless if they themselves are affected with HIV or not. This decision will help women after their husband’s death. Each month the widows will receive Rs 1,000 as aid. This will especially benefit women from economically weaker sections of society.
In this year’s budget, the BMC Commissioner has made a provision of Rs 2,40,00,000. Widows over 18 years of age will benefit from this scheme. Only the widows will be avail of this scheme and not their inheritors.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), stated, “This move which has been taken by the BMC is in the right direction. It is a very positive step for widows of HIV positive patients. These women have struggled a lot for the treatment of their husband. They even sell their jewellery.”
He added, “After the husband’s death no one cares for the widows, they are ostracised from the family and do not have any social support. They also have to take care of the children. This decision will help them.”
Deaths caused due to HIV/AIDS in Mumbai: