A private member’s Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha for the first time in over three decades, with MPs cutting across party lines to unanimously endorse by voice vote a proposed legislation that aims to promote the rights of transgenders, including reservations and financial aid.
- The Bill aims at formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for the upliftment of transgenders.
- After Act comes into force, there will be strong provisions to prevent abuse and violence towards transgenders.
- A National Transgender Welfare Commission and a Special Transgender Court will also be set up.
- There are 58 clauses and 10 chapters in the Bill depicting different aspects of transgenders life from childhood to oldage, so that they are supported and integrated in the society.
- The bill demands reservation for
- Community in education,
- Financial assistance
- Social inclusion.
- Introduction of a private member’s bill is a common practice. But such bills, soon after being introduced,
- are either withdrawn,
- left pending, or
- are taken up in the other house.
- Tamil Nadu was the first State to constitute a welfare board for the transgender community in the Country.
Sources: The Hindu.