UP to set up transgender welfare board

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UP to set up transgender welfare board

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

After granting transgenders the rights to inherit their ancestral agricultural land, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a transgender welfare board.
The transgender welfare board will identify transgenders in UP, enlist them, issue identity cards and ensure their enrolment in various educational institutions.
The government also intends to launch different welfare schemes for the community for their social and economic rehabilitation into the  mainstream of society.
“The board would work for the welfare and uplift of the transgender community. Along with the state government officers, the board would also include representatives of transgenders and members of social organisations working for their welfare,” said an official of Social Welfare department. 
In 2014, after the Supreme Court had identified transgender people as the third gender, the UP Kinnar Akhada Parishad had demanded the government to set up a transgender welfare board.
In March 2019, the State Law Commission had submitted a proposal to the government for acknowledging the demands of the transgender and protecting their civil and other rights. The commission had drawn the attention of the government towards the inheritance laws that did not include the transgender people.
The UP Assembly passed the UP Revenue Code Bill, 2020 to identify and allow the transgender people in the state to inherit ancestral agriculture land, during this monsoon season.
Transgender people have been discriminated against because of societal prejudices. The setting up the transgender welfare board will go a long way in addressing the grievances of the third gender. In December 2019, the state government had also announced to set up a university for transgenders. The university, to come up in Fazilnagar block of Kushinagar district, is being built by the Akhil Bhartiya Kinnar Siksha Seva Trust (All-India transgender education service trust).

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