Transgender welfare board for city gets nod
New Delhi: In response to a notice issued by the National Human Rights Commission, the Delhi social welfare department has said that it has accorded approval to the constitution of transgender welfare board in the city. The proposal is under process for issuing notification, it stated.
The department further said that the union ministry of home affairs has been requested to confer the power to lieutenant governor under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 so that Transgender Rules and transgender welfare board can be notified in Delhi.
The department in its report said the chief secretary last year had asked autonomous bodies, corporations and local bodies to provide separate toilet facilities for transgenders. “Agencies are reporting positive follow-up action to this effect,” said the report. It added that a policy for transgender persons is under formulation.
The human rights panel had issued a notice to the social welfare department in September last year on the basis of a complaint against not initiating proposed welfare measures for transgender persons. The complainant, Dr Aqsa Shaikh, associate professor at Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jamia Hamdard, had alleged that at a meeting held by the department on February 12, 2021, it was proposed to issue an order for the formation of transgender welfare board but no action had been taken yet.
“The process should be expedited for the welfare of the community,” Shaikh said.
Courtesy : TOI
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