New Delhi: In a bid to restrict discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients, the Central Government on Thursday announced to bring a strong law in this regard.

Addressing a function to mark ‘World AIDS Day’ here on Thursday, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government is pledged to bring an effective law to curb the sorrows of HIV/AIDS victims.

He further said as soon as the Health Ministry receives the draft law from Law Ministry in the next 10 days the work on it will be started.

However, the Minister did not mention as to when the bill will be introduced in the Parliament.

Speaking over necessity of awareness about HIV, Azad said “The government will soon start 'Red Buses' on the lines of 'Red Trains' which will be used for the awareness campaign purposes.”

Addressing the function, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the state government will provide a financial assistance in the range of Rs 1,600 to Rs 2,000 to the children whose parents are HIV positive.

JPN/Bureau