HC asks registrar of societies to furnish details of Leprosy

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New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) Delhi High Court has summoned the registered societies to appear in person and explain why 'Hind Kusth Nivaran Sangh'(HKINS), working for the leprosy patients has held only one meeting in the last 14 years.

A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur and Siddharth Mridul directed the registrar to appear in person on April 23.

The petitioner Shiv Shankar Tiwari, secratary of 'Kusth Asha Deep Federation' has approached Delhi High Court saying that HKNS society which was doing a commendable job since British rule is now deteriorating.

Mr Brahm Dutt, lawyer for the petitioner told the court that HKNS is denying new memberships, affiliations due to which the work of the society is suffering tremendously.

Mr Dutt argued that no audit report or any kind of report is being submitted to the registrar of societies and no election has been held for the last 14 years and the registrar has not taken any action in this regard.

The registrar of societies was sent notice earlier but did not respond, however a fax was sent to the petitioner stating that they do not interfere in the internal matters of the society.

HKNS had taken over the assets and management of the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association, Indian council and was registerd in India at the registrar of societies in the year 1949.

The HKNS is predominantly controlled by the government authorities with the President of India as its the president, the health minister, the Chairman and the additional secretary of health ministry as the treasurer of the society.

Five governors of states are the members of the society. The society has state branches as well as many other societies working for eradication and cure of leprosy.

The society held its first meeting in 2005 after a gap of about eleven years under the chairmanship of former president A P J Abdul Kalam.

Dr Kalam had assured that the meetings will be held regularly but the chairman of HKNS and health minister Ambumani Ramdoss has not yet announced any meeting.

The petitioner said that leprosy being a fully curable disease, is on the verge of being eradicated from the country but the malfunctioning of the society is resulting in an increase in the number of patients.

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