Tripura to probe misuse of AIDS funds

Tripura to probe misuse of AIDS funds
Agartala, Oct 3: The Tripura government has ordered a probe against an NGO which reportedly enrolled housewives as sex workers to manipulate funds sanctioned to campaign against AIDS, a minister said Thursday.

"The government has ordered an investigation. If the NGO is found responsible for any wrongdoing, the government will take stern against perpetrators," Health and Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

Congress leader Birajit Sinha had raised the issue in September.

The NGO, in north Tripura's Kailashahar area, had allegedly enrolled around 600 housewives as sex workers and siphoned lakhs of rupees, Sinha told the House.

He said that housewives, tea workers and women belonging to minority groups had been enrolled as sex workers without their knowledge. The NGO collected blood samples on the plea of malaria finding exercise.

The NGO authority has denied the allegation.


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