Transgenders Bill passed
- Replying to a discussion for further consideration of the bill, Gehlot said efforts will be made to incorporate the suggestions presented by members while framing the rules.
- He said a clause related to medical examination by a panel for a district magistrate (DM) or collector to certify a person as a transgender which was earlier part of the bill, has been done away with, after reservations were expressed by members in this regard.
- However, in case of a child, his or her parents can file an application for issuance of an identification certificate.
- Elaborating on the provisions of the bill, the minister said it is aimed at eliminating discrimination against transgenders and the government will form a national council for its implementation after the legislation is brought into effect.
- Gehlot said a transgender person will be able to avail the benefits of schemes offered by states as well as the Centre.
- He informed that the recommendations and suggestions of the standing committee of the Lok Sabha have also been incorporated in the bill.
- The motion to refer the bill to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha was moved by Tiruchi Siva of the DMK. However, it was defeated after voting took place.
- He said the Supreme Court's direction in April 2014 regarding framing transgenders has also been kept in mind.
- The Supreme Court had recognised the transgender community as a third gender along with male and female in April 2014.
- The transgender community has been treated as "untouchables" and have been subjected to "ridicule" and "discrimination" which is the moral failure of the society.