SUBSISTENCE ASSISTANCE TO TRANSGENDER

In view of Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will give transgender persons a one-time financial assistance of Rs. 1,500.

Important points:

  • Immediate subsistence assistance to trans persons would be given through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), for which beneficiaries can register with the National Institute of Social Defence.
  • NISD is an Autonomous Body and is registered under Societies Act XXI of 1860 with the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT), Delhi.
  • It is a central advisory body for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • It is the nodal training and research institute in the field of social defence.
  • It currently focuses on human resource development in the areas of drug abuse prevention, welfare of senior citizens, beggary prevention, transgender and other social defence issues.

Major Initiatives :

  • National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) v. Union of India,
  • Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (2018
  • Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019
  • Establishes Natonal Council for Transgender persons
  • Gives right to obtain Certificate of Identity.
  • Provides the right of residence with parents and immediate family members.
  • Prohibits discrimination against a transgender person in various sectors such as education, employment, and healthcare etc.
  • Offences against transgender persons will attract imprisonment between six months and two years, in addition to a fine.
  • Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020, National Portal for Transgender Persons and the Scheme of ‘Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES, MINT

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