DIMAPUR, JULY 18: Fifty-three organisations and community networks, based at Nagaland, have requested Governor RN Ravi to appoint HIV & AIDS Ombudsman.
In a representation, the organisations and community networks pointed out that the Governor had on March 3, 2020, notified the Nagaland Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Ombudsman and Legal Proceeding) Rule 2019, with immediate effect.
They stated that once notified, under Rules 3 and 4, the State Government was obligated to appoint an Ombudsman (a retired District and Session Judge or anyone with minimum 10 years’ working experience having extensive knowledge in matters relating to public health or health delivery system, or a qualified healthcare provider who is a physician, or a person working in NGO with similar experience and knowledge) within 180 days of the date of notification.
“The timeline for appointing the said Ombudsman is long overdue, thus the issue merits your urgent attention and necessary action. Therefore, we urge you, honourable Governor (head of the State) of Nagaland to direct your Government, to give an open advertisement at the earliest and fast-track the appointment of the Ombudsman as per the rules 3 and 4, to address and safeguard the rights of the protected person in respect of the HIV AIDS Act 2017, and ensure the vulnerable communities are not stigmatise or discriminated by both Government and private sectors as per the law and rules”, read the representation.
The organisations added that they were ready to have a meeting with the Governor, at his convenience, should he require more input to take the process forward.
(Page News Service)