Latur, Jul 13: The Maharashtra state minister on Sunday, Jul 12 said the government is planning to make a 'separate provision' for children affected with HIV positive students here.
Earlier, 10 HIV positive students were staying in the Ashram Sevalaya in the village, run by Amhi Sevak, an organization serving orphans and children inflicted with the disease. Later the students were admitted to ZP school due to which parents of 148 students out of 240 stopped sending their children to the school.
Dileep Deshmukh, after meeting the villagers said it is not proper to take action against the parents. "The parents are afraid that their children will also be affected by AIDS. We will think of making some separate provision for these children. We will also try to discuss the matter with the chief minister and do our best to sort out the issue amicably," Deshmukh said.
Reacting to Deshmukh's statement, Director of the 'Sevalaya' Ravi Bapatley said, "It is the society that has given me the land and the money to run the organisation and the ashram for the AIDS and HIV-affected children. These children have very short life and even in this shorter span of life should they be kept away from the society?".