Minister E-Inaugurates Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons in Gujarat
Delhi, Nov 25
“National Portal for Transgender Persons has been developed within 2 months of Notification of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 on 29 September, 2020. This highly useful Portal would help a transgender person in applying for a Certificate and Identity card digitally from anywhere in the country,” stated Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot.
The Minister was addressing the e-launched a ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ and e-inaugurated a ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ in Vadodara, Gujarat on November 25. On the occasion, Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Ramdas Athawale, Rattan Lal Kataria; Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Member, National Council for Transgenders and R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, M/o of Social Justice and Empowerment were present.
Gehlot further said that the most important benefit is that it helps the transgender person to get the I-Card without any physical interface and without having to visit any office. Through the Portal, they can monitor the status of their application that ensures transparency in the process. The issuing authorities are also under strict timelines to process the applications and issue certificates and identity cards without any necessary delays. Once the Certificate and I-card are issued, the applicant can download them from the Portal itself. In case of delay or rejection, the applicant has the options to submit grievances through the Portal which are forwarded to the concerned person and will be resolved at the earliest. The Issuing authorities through the Dashboard provided to them can view the number of applications received, the applications approved and the applications which are pending or put on hold so that they can take the required necessary action from their end.
He hoped that this portal will help a lot of people from the community to come forward and get Transgender Certificate and Identity Cards as per their self-perceived identity which is an important provision of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.
Gehlot said that ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ e-inaugurated today in Vadodara, Gujarat will be run in association with Lakshya Trust, a Community based organisation entirely run by the Transgenders. The purpose of the Shelter Home is to provide shelter to Transgender persons, with basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreational facilities. Besides, it will provide support for the capacity-building/skill development of persons in the Community, which will enable them to lead a life of dignity and respect.
Addressing on the occasion, Rattan Lal Kataria said that the National Portal for Transgender Persons is an end to end online process. The transgender persons can avail the services offered by the portal from anywhere.
Krishan Pal Gurjar in his address said that this National Portal for Transgender Persons will help a lot of people from the community to come forward and get Transgender Certificate and Identity Cards as per their self-perceived identity which is an important provision of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.
In his address, Ram Das Athawale said that the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 came into effect on 10th January 2020 which is the first concrete step towards ensuring welfare of Transgender persons. It will be strengthened further in the coming days to act as a single point for the community to avail various welfare measures and benefits being planned by the appropriate Government for the Transgender Community.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 came into effect on 10th January 2020 which is the first concrete step towards ensuring welfare of Transgender persons. To implement the provisions of the Act the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment issued the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 which have been notified in the Gazzette of India. The Rules ensure that comprehensive welfare measures reach the Transgender Community and help them come into the mainstream of the Society. The right to self-perceived gender identity and the procedure to issue the Transgender certificate and Identity card has been defined in the Rules. The process has been made smooth and hassle free to ensure that Transgender persons are able to attain their self-perceived identity card without any inconvenience.
The Scheme of ‘Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ includes shelter facility, food, clothing, recreational facilities, skill development opportunities, yoga, meditation/prayers, physical fitness, library facilities, legal support, technical advise for gender transition and surgeries, capacity building of trans-friendly organizations, employment and skill-building support, etc. The Nodal Ministry has taken the first step in improving the conditions of Transgender persons and has identified 10 cities to set up the 13 Shelter Homes and extend the facilities to Transgender persons, in association with selected 13 CBOs in the country on pilot basis. The cities include Vadodara, New Delhi, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Manipur, Chennai, Raipur, Mumbai, etc. The scheme will rehabilitate a minimum of 25 transgender persons in each homes identified by the Ministry. This is a pilot project, and on its successful completion, similar schemes will be extended to other parts of the country.