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Transgender Person Protection of Rights bill 2019 Bolsters their rights to live a life with dignity: A Samanta

Achyuta Samanta, MP, Kandhamal appreciated the welfare schemes and programmes explained in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019, which are transgender sensitive, non-stigmatising and non-discriminatory. Participating in the discussion today in Lok Sabha, he expressed BJD’s stance to support the bill. With this he congratulated the minister Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot to come with such a considerable and human bill with solid amendment in 2018 bill for transgender community which is one of the most marginalized communities of the country. Most of us find them begging near traffic signal and inside train, some start complaining about their bad behaviour. This is the reality of many Transgender people in India. But the fact we often ignore or those even realise that directly or indirectly, we as a society are responsible for their condition, he said.

Lack of access to education and non availability of job forces them to take begging and other activities, but still amidst all these adversities there are some transgender persons like Acharya Mahamandaleswar Laxminarayan Tripathy who are brave enough to take their way to the main stream, achieved their goals, and prove their transgender people are capable and deserving like other Indian thus breaking the stereotype. She has struggled lot to get the order from Supreme Court to get even PAN card, Aadhar Card, Passport and many other things for transgender equalizing with the other people of the society. Though it is just a biological change in human body and because of this biological change they are suffering a lot. First they are abandoned by their family, and then by society, no facility to pursue study in school and colleges, they can’t able to get employment. Samanta also requested to 10 members from the transpeople in the transgender council instead of 5 members.

In Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has made some provision for transgender for avail the facilities of BPL category to get the subsidized rice and kerosene etc.. Naveen Patnaik has also given opportunity in political position to Meera Parida, a transgender. She leads best social work. Similarly KIIT & KISS is the first organization in the country to provide job to a transgender Sadhana Mishra, he added.

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