September 16, 2020
Its good news for the transgender community of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Govt. has formed a welfare board for the transgenders present in the state. The TWB (Transgender Welfare Board) will provide formal education, employment opportunities, conduct health programs and give legal help to the community.
Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole held a meeting in Mantralaya for the setting up of the Transgender Welfare Board.
He expressed that the transgenders are neglected in society and that there were misunderstandings pertaining to the community among people.
“Hence, they are discriminated against. This keeps the community away from the development process. The state government has accepted guardianship of this community and we will protect their rights”, Badole said.
He also said that the TWB will give members of the community identity cards which will help them gain the required education. It will also give scholarships for class X exams.
Benefits to transgender people
Eligible third gender students would be provided hostel accommodation under the Babasaheb Ambedkar Swadhar Scheme. Under this scheme Rs. 48,000 – 60,000 will be given as scholarships.
“We have set up Transgender Welfare Board which will take effective measures for the upliftment of the community and allow them to live with respect in society”, he said.
Minister of State social Justice Dilip Kamble said that the board will be set up in a month time.
This isn’t the first time that such a welfare board has been discussed. The transgender welfare board was first conceptualized in 2014 by the previous government.
On 3rd October 2017, the setting up of the board and implementing a welfare scheme for the community was transferred to the state Social Justice department. An amount of Rs. 5 crores has been set aside for this purpose.
The board would implement skill development programmes to help educated transgenders get jobs, he said.