As per the latest reports, 75,000 transgenders in the state will be given multi-purpose identity cards by the Transgender Welfare Board so that they can avail the benefits from government welfare schemes. The board was set up last year under the social justice and welfare department.
A board member named Pushpa (founder chairperson of Nay Bhor) revealed that camps will be held starting from August in all districts whereby the transgenders will be able to register themselves and get the card for free. To avail the ID card, the person will have to submit an affidavit stating that he/she is a transgender along with age, residence, and contact details.
Once they obtain this card, they won’t have to submit any other document to avail the benefits of government welfare schemes. They can use it to realize benefits like pension, housing, health, and education. Besides, the ID can also be used for opening a bank account or to obtain a voter or Aadhar card.
These camps that are to be set up in the districts will be a one-stop shop for the individuals to get their ID cards. There will be a lawyer to prepare the affidavit while a psychiatrist will be examining the individuals to confirm their third gender.
Nayi Bhor Sanstha, a community-based organization that works for the betterment of the LGBTQ community recorded 22,000 transgenders in the state in 2013. The estimates have reached to the figure of 75,000 at the present time.
Source: Hindustan Times