DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 31: Fifteen Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs) working on AIDS in Nagaland have expressed dismay over the decision of the State Government to disband the Legislative Forum on AIDS (LFA), which was first conceptualized by the UNAIDS decades ago.
“… the State is going through a critical state to tackle the issue of sex workers, surged in drug use, Hepatitis-C co-infection. The LFA had shown a tremendous effort political will in the past and while progressing on the right direction, it was very tragic on the part of the State Government to abruptly disband the great mission, which will further alienate the participation of the elected lawmaker from the realities of HIV/AIDS and its associated issues,” said the 15 NGOs in an appeal to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
The NGOs urged the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues to reconsider the decision and restore the sanctity of the LFA and let each legislator command ownership of the issue without any partisan feelings.
The 15 NGOs are Akimbo Society, Dimapur; Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre, Dimapur; Care Counselling Centre, Mokokochung; Care & Support Society, Mokokchung; Eureka Life Foundation, Phek; Grace Society, Changtongia; Guardian Angel, Dimapur; IBAPO, Kiphirie; Jerimen Youth Society, Jerimen; Lightway Society, Pfutssero; Prodigal’s Home, Dimapur; Rural Area Foundation(RAF), Dimapur; Shansham Organisation, Mon; Yingli Mission Society, Longleng and Zion Welfare Society, Baghty.
(Page News Service)