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Report No. 256

(vii) Concessions during treatment

7.10.14 Poverty and distance from big cities are a living reality for most of the Persons affected by Leprosy living in the 850 Leprosy colonies of India. Such persons have to travel long distances for education, skills training, livelihood options and accessing healthcare benefits.143 Many of the Persons affected by Leprosy rely on local public transport for their daily movement, although, as noted before, the access to public transport is highly curtailed for such persons.144

In such a scenario, monetary help for travel, lodging and medicines can go a long way in assisting such persons in continuing treatment for as long as required. In this regard, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, for example, has been providing persons cured of Leprosy with 75% concession on their buses.

143. Data provided by TLMTI (n 88).

144. Data provided by TLMTI (n 88).

7.10.15 Following this lead, the Law Commission recommends that the proposed legislation should provide relevant concessions and monetary benefits to Persons affected by Leprosy, who are undergoing treatment, for their travel, lodging during treatment (if required) and their medicines.



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