The much-awaited and hyped Karnataka Legislators' Forum on HIV/AIDS is set to become a reality shortly. The objective of the forum is to implement welfare schemes for HIV/AIDS affected people and create awareness among the public on preventive measures to be taken.
Additional project director of Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society, Dr Karur BV, said a decision was taken in this regard during the two-day southern India conference on HIV/AIDS, in which delegates, including members of parliament and legislatures, urban and local bodies and chief ministers from eight States participated.
"The conference deliberated on best practices adopted in different states to prevent the spread of the disease. Union minister for transport and president of the Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV/AIDS, Oscar Fernandes, attended the programme and suggested that Karnataka should have a similar forum with selected legislators. We have already sent the proposal to legislative assembly speaker Kagodu Thimmappa for shortlisting MLAs for the forum. We have received a positive response from his office," said Karur.
The focus of the forum would be to create awareness among the elected representatives and ensure effective implementation of welfare schemes meant for people living with HIV/AIDS. The proposed forum is expected to meet once in three months and review the measures to taken to prevent the spread of the disease in the state. "HIV prevalence is more in districts like Bangalore Urban, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad and Koppal. All stakeholders have to play an active role in preventing the spread of HIV," Karur said.
The department of health and family welfare is organising a workshop on health, HIV/AIDS and other diseases for elected representatives from Belgaum.
"Chief minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the workshop, while minister for health and family welfare UT Khader will preside over it. We are expecting 500 elected representatives, including MLAs, members of zilla, taluk and village panchayats, to attend the workshop," Karur said.