J&K Govt Sets Up Transgender Welfare Board

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Jammu- In a move aimed to safeguard the rights and interests of the transgenders, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday announced establishment of a welfare board for the miniscule population.

The announcement to set up the 13-member transgender welfare board was issued through an order issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Principal Secretary to the government on Monday.

“In terms of Clause 10 (1) of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020, sanction is hereby accorded to constitution of Transgender Welfare Board for protection of rights and interests of transgender persons thereby facilitating their access to government schemes and welfare measures in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads the order.

Administrative secretaries of various departments including home, finance, health and medical education, school education department, social welfare department, department of law, justice and parliamentary affairs, Director general Social welfare Kashmir and director social welfare Jammu were nominated as members of the board.

In addition, four prominent citizens – two each from Kashmir and Jammu divisions – were nominated as members of the board.

According to the 2011 census, the total population of transgenders in Jammu and Kashmir was 4,137.

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