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NEW DELHI: Thousands of HIV positive people from India and across Asia marched from Ramlila ground to Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to protest against the free trade agreement (FTA) between European Union (EU) and India, which has provisions that would restrict access to affordable medicines.
Though government officials have been claiming that none of the provisions in the FTA would affect India's ability to produce cheap and effective medicines, the fact that the government is not making the documents of the agreement public is raising suspicion about the actual nature of the contents.
India signing the FTA would affect not only the people of India but also the people in several other developing countries that depend on Indian manufacturers for good quality affordable medicines.