THE Cabinet is likely to take up a Bill soon to provide recognition to transgenders and protect their rights, Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot informed Lok Sabha while responding to a discussion on a private member’s Bill.
The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill had been moved by BJD member Baijayant Panda. It sought to “provide for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for ensuring overall development of the transgender persons and for their welfare to be undertaken by the State and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto, as passed by Rajya Sabha”.
Gehlot said: “We have finalised the draft of the Bill and it has been approved by the Law Department. A Cabinet note has already been circulated. Our effort will be to place it before the Cabinet at the next meeting and take it forward.” He said the Bill passed by Rajya Sabha had many procedural difficulties and the government felt it should bring its own Bill. He favoured a wider debate so that all related issues are considered. However, he declared that the government was committed to protect the interest of transgenders.
BJD group leader Bhartruhari Mahtab suggested that the Bill be withdrawn considering that the government was planning to bring forward its own legislation.
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