The conceptualized project of the Transgender Welfare Board of 2014 by Maharashtra government seems to finally turn into reality as the state decides to make a provision of 5 crores for the welfare of the transgender community. Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice assured that the Board shall be set up within a month’s period.

“Since welfare schemes for transgenders were implemented by Union social justice ministry, all work related to setting up of the board and implementing welfare schemes for the community was transferred to the state Social Justice department on 3 October 2017, and an amount of Rs 5 crore was set aside for the purpose,” he said as reported by The Indian Express. The board shall work for the overall development and welfare of the community. They will look after the education, housing, healthcare services and employment opportunities for them. Maharashtra turns out to be the first state to form a board for the transgender community.

Protecting the constitutional rights of transgender have been mentioned earlier in third women’s policy of Maharashtra government, accepted by the cabinet in 2013. But it was only possible now when the Women and Child Welfare Minister, Pankaja Munde took the matter in her hand and held the meeting with all the stakeholders regarding the same. Munde said that there were some 5 welfare schemes for the transgenders previous year but promises to bring the community members into the mainstream.
“We want them to be treated honorably and see that they benefit from the government’s welfare schemes,” she had said.

Poor, black, child, male, female, bisexual, gay or transgender, none of their traits make a difference to their humanity. They deserve respect from every individual and have equal rights upon the privileges provided by the government. They surely have the potential to be proven as an asset to the nation. All they need is some support and empathy from the rest for their development.

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