Aiming to protect the interest of HIV-infected people in Chhattisgarh, the state government’s health department will soon be introducing single window scheme so that they could avail the benefits of government schemes.
As per information received, the health department is going to soon introduce the single window scheme for HIV infected people seeking benefits of social security schemes. In the regard, the State’s Health Director and Project Director, Chhattisgarh State AIDS Control Society (CGSACS) Ranu Sahu has already asked all district collectors (in a leter) to start the scheme in their respective districts. It recently came to light that HIV infected people were not availing benefits of government schemes due to several following which the move was initiated.
Hesitation is one of the reasons that HIV infected people are not visiting government offices, explained a officer, adding that the move is going to benefit around 27,000 people infected with HIV in the state.
Under the scheme, the victims can submit their applications at any of these centres- Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs), ART (anti-retroviral therapy) centres, Targeted Intervention centres, link ART centres and state level networks designated by medical college and government hospitals of the state, the officer said.
District nodal officers will forward the applications to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) after its examination and subsequently, it will be sent to collectors who will move it to the concerned departments for issuing certificates of entitlement for availing benefits under particular schemes, he said.
The beneficiaries will receive their certificates back from the same channel, he said.
The process will be entirely confidential so that identity of the beneficiaries could be protected, he added.
Free passes for city buses, Antyodaya rice scheme, Noni Suraksha Yojna, Nutrition scheme, MNREGA are among the nine schemes for which they are entitled, he added.