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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1014

The Joint Action Council, quoted in the news article “Indian agency admits publishing ‘wrong’ HIV figures” by Ganapati Mudur (12 August, p 402), points out that it has never alleged that the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has “played down numbers [of new HIV cases] in several states.” The council continues: “From the article it appears that we are supporting the claims of the international agencies. On the contrary we have been fighting for the last decade against what is an ‘unfounded, alarmist campaign’ managed and controlled by international agencies with strategic support of the NACO. We are not against the NACO, but we are against the abuse of our system by external agencies. Our stand has also been vindicated by the objections raised by the union minister of health and family welfare against the exaggerated figures being published by various UN agencies and foreign agencies.”