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HIV/AIDS test compulsory in Goa before marriage registration

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Panaji, Mar 17 (UNI) Couples in Goa going to get married would have to compulsorily undergo the HIV/AIDS test the State Cabinet today decided.

In his post-Cabinet briefing, Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane claimed that Goa is the first State in the country to undertake such a bold step to make the HIV/AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) test mandatory, through legislation shortly. The issue will, however, be thrown open for public debate soon, he added.

The Cabinet has also approved a proposal to offer free medicines and other assistance to cancer and trauma patients.

It has also okayed enhancement of mediclaim slab for Government employees to two lakhs from the present Rs 1.5 lakhs.

The Cabinet has further approved the land acquisition for the proposed IT Park at Soccor at Porvorim in North Goa, Mr Rane added.

UNI SRN-BM KU/GK VD ND1526

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