Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Odisha government’s Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) has drafted a proposal for the recognition of transgenders across the state and subsequently providing them certificates as third gender (TG), official sources said on Saturday.
As per the umbrella scheme of the Union government, there are five sub-schemes for the welfare of the third gender. The parents of every transgender will get financial assistance of Rs 1000. For pre-matric scholarship (Class VIII to X), the day scholar will get Rs 150 and the hostellers Rs. 350 for 10 months.
Similarly, the transgender students will get monthly post-matric scholarship (XI and above) of Rs. 550 for day scholar and Rs. 1200 for hosteller for 10 months and reimbursement of compulsory refundable fees during higher studies.
For their skill development, Rs. 15,000 will be given per transgender trainee for 200 hours of the course. There will be 30 trainees in one batch. The trainee will get stipend amounting Rs. 1000 per month. They will get subsidy linked loan amounting to maximum of Rs 5 lakhs to be an entrepreneur. There are also pension schemes for transgenders of Rs. 1000 per month.
The state government has agreed to implement it after the launching of the scheme by the Central government.