Don’t give things free if you can't pay pen­sion to AIDS pa­tients: HC

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern­ment can pro­vide free water and elec­tric­ity to those who have roof over their heads but can't af­ford to pay monthly pen­sion to the poor suf­fer­ing from AIDS, the Delhi High Court said on Tues­day.

"Be re­al­is­tic and rea­son­able. If you do not have money, then do not give things (like water and elec­tric­ity) free to peo­ple," a bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar said.

It said that poor peo­ple who were suf­fer­ing from ac­quired im­mune de­fi­ciency syn­drome (AIDS), were the ones who ac­tu­ally needed fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, as they had fam­i­lies de­pen­dent on them. The court said the amount of Rs 1,000, cur­rently be­ing paid per month to such peo­ple, was not even Rs 100 per day and asked the govern­ment to con­sider pro­vid­ing them min­i­mum wages.

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