Under the leadership of former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, the Maharashtra Leprosy affected association will be staging a protest march on January 30 from Azad Maidan to Mantralya. Details with this report. On the occasion of World Leprosy Day that falls on January 31, the Maharashtra Leprosy-Affected Association, under the headship of former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik plan to take out a protest rally from Azad Maidan to Mantralaya. The rally will be taken out on January 30 – a day prior to World Leprosy Day. Briefing the media about the aim of the rally, Ram Naik said that leprosy affected people should get Rs. 2000 monthly grants from the state, their children should get free education till college along with 16 other demands that need to be implemented to better the conditions of leprosy patients across the state. Ram Naik informed that they had presented the same demands to the then State Home Minister R. R. Patil in 2006 and 2008, but the state did not heed to their appeal. That’s why they have decided to take out the protest rally this time. On the other hand Prakash Kulkarni – the President of the Maharashtra Leprosy-Affected Association said that if the state does not concede to their demands till the 30th of January then around 4000 leprosy affected would come out on the road. With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.
February 9, 2008