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July 5, 2011

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offers job to a HIV patient

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offers job to a HIV patient

Kolkata, June 5: West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee came to the rescue of Shampa, an English honours graduate from Chittaranjan and a state-level athlete. Shampa who went to meet the Chief Minister and narrated her plight. She had lost her husband Swapan Kumar Das, an Asansol businessman in November 2006 suffering from Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  The ordeal began for the lady when her her in-laws came to know about the disease and turned her out of the house. 

After hearing her plight the Chief Minister requested the hapless lady to come and meet her at Writers` Building along with Minister for Public Health and Engineering Subrata Mukherjee on Monday. 

Ms. Banerjee after meeting Shampa at the Writers’ Building announced a job in the Additional District Magistrate`s office in Asansol. Ms. Banerjee also assured Shampa that she will get the best treatment in Delhi. 

The news came like surprise for the 31-year-old woman, who saw new hope for her two children, neither of whom have HIV. Overjoyed and excited Shampa was at the loss of words and took time to react to the news. `I have no words to thank the CM who not only saved me but also my two children as they will have a secure future now`, said Shampa.

Reacting to the news that the state government would bear the cost of her treatment Shampa added, `the medicines alone cost more than 8,000 a month`.