A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Rural Development (DoRD) and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 10th June 2015.
In this regard, subsequently 1st Joint Working Group meeting was held on 17th October 2016 chaired by Secretary, DoRD and cochaired by Joint Secretary, NACO.
Initiating the discussions, the Joint Secretary, NACO emphasized the need for mainstreaming of PLHIV into the Rural Development programs and social protection schemes. The Secretary (DoRD) suggested NACO to share the numbers of PLHIV with DoRD to enable them to know the area of greater concentration for the epidemic for better planning and mainstreaming PLHIV into rural development schemes. He also informed that the department is preparing a framework for catering disabled people under various schemes. He ensured that once framework is complete, department will explore similar kind of framework for PLHIVs.