Parliament gives assent to Bill promising protection of Transgenders’ rights

Parliament gives assent to Bill promising protection of Transgenders’ rights

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : A Bill providing for protection of rights of Transgender persons and their welfare on Tuesday got the nod from Parliament with the Rajya Sabha passing it by voice vote.

The passage of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House came after the House rejected a Motion by Tiruchi Shiva of the DMK to refer the Bill to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha with 55 members voting in its favour and 74 against it .

With the passage by the Rajya Sabha, the Bill has now recieved the assent of Parliament.

Earlier, replying to the debate on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot assured that the Bill would secure all basic rights and amenities for the persons from the Transgender community.

'The objective with which this Bill has been brought is clear. I assure that after passage of this Bill, the livelihood of the Transgenders will be ensured. No unfair treatment will be meted out to them. They'll be provided basic amenities and rights,' he said. Mr Gehlot assured said the Transgenders will no more be questioned on their gender.

'We have asked the District Magistrate to issue certificates to transgenders that will be valid throughout the society. The gender of transgender should be recorded in official documents as will be mentioned by him,' added the Minister.

On the demand of a National Commission for transgenders, Mr Gehlot said a National Council will take care of the concerns and issues of transgenders and this Council will meet every three months and report about any issues related to the transgenders as the issue may be.

Mr Gehlot said this Bill ensures that every transgender person shall have a right to reside and be included in his household.

'If the immediate family is unable to care for the transgender person, the person may be placed in a rehabilitation centre, on the orders of a competent court,'he said..

No government or private entity can discriminate against a transgender person in employment matters, including recruitment, and promotion, he said, adding that every establishment is required to designate a person to be a complaint officer to deal with complaints in relation to the Act.

On the demands to refer the Bill to a Select committee of Rajya Sabha, Gehlot said that the Bill had already been scrutinised by a Standing committee of Parliament. 'I express my gratitude towards DMK Member Tiruchi Siva as he tried for long for bringing this Bill.'

'I like to tell this House that this Bill was prepared by Late Leader of the House Arun Jaitley. After clarification by the Supreme Court, this Bill was formed,'he said. The Bill aims to provide comprehensive medical insurance schemes for them. The Minister assured the members that all the grievances of the Members will be looked into. (UNI)