Ramdas Athawale bats for transgenders’ reservation

The bill seeks to define the term transgender and prohibits discrimination against the community.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2016 9:11 am
Ramdas Athawale, Maharashtra politician Athawale, BJP member Athawale, dalit leader Atahwale, Athawale congratulates trump, Donald Trump, indian express news Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale. (File Photo)

Union minister Ramdas Athawale has batted for reservation for transgenders in government jobs on the lines of quota fixed for disabled people. “They (transgenders) are also humans and they should be given reservation. The quota for transgenders should be fixed similar to what is fixed for the disabled,” he said.

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There is three per cent quota for the differently-abled people. The government had introduced Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session. The bill seeks to define the term transgender and prohibits discrimination against the community.

There were reports that in draft of this bill, the government had proposed bringing transgender under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, which was rejected by the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The bill has now been referred to a parliamentary panel, which has invited public suggestions to involve the community in making of the law which seeks to protect their rights.

The bill confers the right upon transgenders to be recognised as such and also grants them the right to “self- perceived” gender identity. According to the 2011 Census, India has six lakh people belonging to the transgender community.

The community is among the most marginalised in the country because they don’t fit into the categories of the two recognised genders of men and women. They face issues ranging from social exclusion and discrimination to lack of education and medical facilities, and unemployment.

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    Dr M
    Dec 11, 2016 at 7:36 am
    Before indulging in further compeive reservation exercises the Govt must ensure all those covered are congenital(born) transgenders and not those fancy dressed up ones seen intimidating, extorting, abusing, violating others at all possible public places.It defies medical science how this tribe had a multi fold numerical growth within last 2/3 decades whereas the incidence of such births are insignificant.lt;br/gt;Alternately the Govt can initiate steps to provide occupation as per their capacity (including use of physical labor) to wean them away from their present anti social past times.
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