JK announces Transgender Welfare Board for community safety

New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir The administration on Tuesday announced the formation of a transgender welfare board to protect the rights and interests of the small population. As of 2011 India census, the total population of transgenders in Jammu and Kashmir was 4,137.

According to an official order, the Chief Secretary will head the 13-member Transgender Welfare Board.

“With reference to clause 10(1) of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020, it is approved to constitute a Transgender Welfare Board for the protection of the rights and interests of transgender persons, thereby allowing their access to Government schemes and welfare measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” Principal Secretary (General Administration Department), Manoj Kumar Dwivedi said in his order issued on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

Administrative Secretaries of various departments including Home, Finance, Health and Medical Education, School Education Department, Social Welfare Department, Law Department, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Director General Social Welfare Kashmir and Director Social Welfare Jammu nominated as members of the Board it was done.

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

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