MP wants an identity for transgenders: address them as ‘Tgr’, ‘Ki’

The state government has sent a proposal in this regard to the Centre.

By: Press Trust of India | Bhopal | Published: August 4, 2014 12:03 am

The Madhya Pradesh government has suggested that transgenders members be addressed by adding “Tgr” before their names on the lines of “Mr, Mrs and Ms in English and “Ki” in Hindi.

The state government has sent a proposal in this regard to the Centre.

“The government is facing problems in identifying the large number of persons belonging to transgender category. We, therefore, have proposed to Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to identify them with three alphabet letters “Tgr” on the lines of Mr/Mrs/Ms in English,” Social Justice Department Secretary V K Batham told PTI Sunday.

Similarly, the kinnars (transgenders) can be identified as “Ki” on the lines of “Shri, Shrimati and Sushri in Hindi, he said.

“This will help in giving them an honourable identity and recognising them in various government records like voter list and beneficiary of welfare schemes,” Batham said.

Madhya Pradesh has also formed a board which will not only maintain a database of transgenders in the state but also provide them with government jobs as per their skill and ability, he said. The state government will soon appoint a chairperson from among the community for the Kinnar Board.

According to official estimates, there are nearly 2,500 transgenders in Madhya Pradesh but their actual number could be higher.

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