Chandigarh Administration constitutes Transgender Welfare Board

August 25, 2017 11:15 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh Administration has fulfilled a longstanding demand of the transgender community by constituting a 14-member Transgender Welfare Board.  The board has 10 members taken from police department; social welfare department; law department; GMCH-32; health services; state liaison officer (education department);  Registrar, Panjab University; Registrar, Birth and Death Department; SCBC Corporation including three non-official members.

The additional deputy commissioner will be the chairman of the board and programme manager, UTCPC will be member convener.

Since the NALSA judgement, a handful of Indian states have constituted a transgender welfare board in order to extend existing welfare schemes to transgender community. Since welfare is a matter for both state and centre, there is no uniform agenda in place.

After Manipur, Odisha, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka and Kerala, Chandigarh is the first UT to have such board. It is also found that welfare schemes themselves are not always be suited to them. It is on the line of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 lays down the procedural requirements of a Board.

On August 1 last, the social welfare department has sent the file to Chandigarh Administration for approval of setting up transgender welfare board. The Chandigarh Administration has constituted it on August 22 and a copy of the notification to this effect has been sent to the Controller, Printing and Stationery Department, UT to publish it in the Chandigarh Administration Gazette.

The notification has specified the aims and objectives of the Board in the welfare of the community. Such as to grant legal recognition of their gender identity; reservation in admission in education institutions and in public appointments; operation of HIV Sero-surveillance Centres; provision of proper medical care to them and steps to frame various social welfare schemes for their betterment.

While talking to Mr Bikram Rana, SLO, NSS Cell, Chandigarh, one of Board’s member said that for a welfare state to do right by its beneficiaries, it needs to take into account their multiple realities. The community that has long been denied equality, this is an inflexion point.

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