Composite welfare scheme for transgender persons in offing: Katariain

New Delhi: Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Katariain on Tuesday told Lok Sabha that a composite scheme is being formulated for the welfare of Transgender Persons.

Submitting a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the minister said that the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has submitted a concept note for scheme of Welfare measures for Transgender Persons.

The Ministry has given funds to National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) for conducting skill development of members of Transgender Community.

“So far, the corporation has sanctioned skill development training programmes for 330 members of transgender community to 7 Sector Skill Councils and Training Institutes. Funds have been also released to National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) for implementing various welfare programmes like setting up of pilot shelter homes, conducting workshops.”

Out of Rs 150.00 lakhs released to NBCFDC, Rs 118.05 lakhs has been used by Corporation, so far, for providing Subsistence Allowance/ration kits to 6,940 persons during Covid period, the minister informed the House.

“Sixteen health camps were organised wherein 1,240 transgender persons undertook medical consultation. A COVID helpline was setup for providing counselling to distressed callers from the transgender community during lock-down. NBCFDC also disbursed subsistence allowance of Rs.1500/- per person directly into the account of the 5,711 Transgender Persons left without livelihood due to COVID-19 lockdown.”

Katariain further informed that the NISD is setting up of 13 pilots of Garima Greh (Shelter Homes) for Transgender Persons. One Garima Greh has already been inaugurated at Vadodara, Gujarat. NISD has also conducted awareness generation programs on Drug Abuse Prevention for Transgender Persons. (PR)

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