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Doctors say testing is key to curbing HIV infections
The Department of Health Services reports that 219 people have tested positive for HIV this year, down from 1,094 cases in 2007. The number of tests has increased fivefold, from 22,917 in 2007 to 122,790 this year. Despite the reduction in stigma, HIV testing rates continue to suffer in Goa. Director of Health Services Dr Geeta Kakodkar stressed the importance of testing to achieve zero infection. The state provides financial assistance and travel concessions to people living with HIV.
Risk of HIV infection high, they plead for assistance
Protesters outside New Delhi railway station are upset over the discontinuation of free condoms and HIV kits. The end of condom supply could mean an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the city. DSACS provides free condoms and HIV test kits to high-risk groups, but supplies have been discontinued for eight months. Many NGOs and activists worry about the impact on communities. DSACS claims to be procuring needed items locally, but NGOs report shortages.
Center extends free foodgrain scheme for five years
The Center announced extension of free foodgrain scheme PMGKAY for five years till December 2028 with a subsidy of Rs 1,180 crore. The scheme provides 5 kg of foodgrains every month to 813 million poor beneficiaries and 35 kg of foodgrains to each family covered under the Antyodaya scheme. The government will ensure sufficient funds for grain purchase and ensure that every poor person can receive a quota. Furthermore, the implementation of the One Nation One Ration Card scheme has made it available to all poor beneficiaries across the country.