Jobs for transgenders: Govt Resolution on norms next week, state tells Bombay HC
The Bombay High court was also informed that the Police Recruitment Rules would be amended to include physical standards for transgenders for the posts of constables and drivers within a week.
The Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay High Court that it will issue a Government Resolution within a week, providing a third window to transgender persons to apply for employment and education across various forums. Maharashtra Advocate General Dr Birendra Saraf handed over to the court a draft of the rules that would be issued soon.
Saraf also informed the bench of Acting Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala and Justice Sandeep Marne on Monday that the Police Recruitment Rules would be amended to include physical standards for transgenders for the posts of constables and drivers within a week.
With respect to compliance with the Central Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules of 2020, Saraf submitted that a committee will be constituted within a week, and they will submit a report within two months thereafter.
The high court in December 2022 directed the Maharashtra government to ensure that they frame rules in compliance with the 2020 guidelines.
The Central Rules of 2020 were issued in order to implement the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2019. The rules provide for a procedure that could be followed for a transgender person to be identified for purposes of employment.
The rules also included a directive to the states to come up with their own policies to enable implementation of the Act within two years. Few states have already implemented the rules, while Maharashtra is yet to do so.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by one Vinayak Kashid, a graduate in Electrical Engineering and post-graduate in Technology (Electrical Power System Engineering), seeking modification to the advertisement issued by MahaTransco in May last year for mass recruitment. The bench was informed that, based on an order passed by a co-ordinate bench, the government was in the process of coming up with a policy that the MSETCL could then adopt for themselves.
The advertisement issued by MahaTransco was to recruit Assistant Engineers (Transmission) for 170 vacant posts. However, the advertisement did not specify any reservation for the transgender community. Aggrieved by the exclusion of the transgender community, Kashid approached the concerned authorities through phone calls and email.
However, when there was no response to the same, Kashid approached the High Court. Similarly, an issue related to police recruitment, too, was raised before the Bombay High Court after two transgenders, Arya Pujari and Nikita Mukhyadal, had approached the court.
Courtesy : India Today
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