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2) While India has made some strides in its fight against AIDS, it still has to get several things right. Discuss(250 words)

Topic– Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the
performance of these schemes

2) While India has made some strides in its fight against AIDS, it still has to get several things right. Discuss(250 words)

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Why this question

The article talks about the strides made by India in reducing the incidents of AIDS and associated social stigma, as highlighted by the UN Report. We need to thus prepare in brief on the NACP and other measures which helped us achieve these results and discuss the way forward. Hence this question.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain the reasons why India has been able to achieve positive results in the fight against AIDS and also highlight the challenges that we are yet to overcome. We need to provide the way forward as well.

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Highlight the findings of the UNAIDS report and mention what the report says about India.

Body

  • Give a brief account of the steps taken by the government in fight against AIDS – NACP, role of NACO, the HIV and AIDS Bill which prohibits discrimination amongst others etc
  • Discuss the impact of these steps and where we have lacked in implementing these steps – shortage of medicines in NACP etc
  • Discuss the lacunae still – legal challenges such as Section 377, public perceptions, medicinal availabilities etc

Conclusion – Give your view on how far India has come in its fight against AIDS and what more needs to be done.