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Report No. 256

(ix) Welfare Measures

7.10.18 As has been noted in various parts of the Report, Persons affected by Leprosy and members of their family live under several financial and social constraints that make it impossible, in some instances, to continue treatment and to participate in social and cultural activities in society. However, through the implementation of a variety of welfare measures these issues can be addressed. Such welfare measures include the provision for unemployment benefits, parental leave, health insurance or other such social insurance on account of Leprosy or otherwise.

Financial assistance to Persons affected by Leprosy and their family members, while such persons are undergoing treatment or have completed treatment, will also go a long way in addressing their financial concerns. In addition, supplementary measures relating to counselling during treatment, community participation and other such initiatives can also serve as an effective mechanism for the holistic development of Persons affected by Leprosy and members of their family.

7.10.19 The Law Commission recommends that to implement such welfare measures, the proposed legislation should impose specific duties upon public and private establishments to execute such measures in order to foster an environment for financial and social growth of all Persons affected by Leprosy and members of their family. This includes the establishment of Central and State Commissions in order to ensure that such measures are enforced strictly and both private and public establishments are accountable in case of non-enforcement.



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