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Consider transgenders for govt jobs,Punjab HC to Centre

Court directed Centre to chalk out separate strategy under which eunuchs can be considered for jobs.

In a first,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the central government to consider eunuchs for government jobs.

The Centre has been directed by the High Court to pass a notification declaring eunuchs be now considered eligible for government jobs. The central government has been directed to chalk out a separate category for eunuchs for consideration.

The High Court cited the example of a similar notification issued by the Punjab government wherein it has prepared a separate category under the head of “transgenders” to consider eunuchs for government jobs.

The states of Haryana and Punjab had decided to create a separate category (other than male and female) in application forms offering public employment.

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However,eunuchs selected for the said job will be considered in the category of men eventually. This was first introduced by Punjab and then followed up by Haryana .

The High Court’s directive came during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Kajal Mangal Mukhi,a transgender and an advocate by profession.

Mukhi sought directions for the states to allow eunuchs to join government services. Mukhi had taken the stand that despite being professionally and academically competent,eunuchs are not allowed to join government services. Reservation in government jobs for eunuchs was also sought.

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Despite several opportunities,the central government has failed to clarify its stand on whether it would like to consider eunuchs for government jobs. The central government,right from the start,had been opposed to this public interest litigation.

First published on: 06-07-2011 at 12:44 IST
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