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SSEPD drafts Proposal for recognition of Transgenders in Odisha

kinnarBhubaneswar, Sep 19: The Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) has drafted a proposal for the recognition of transgenders across Odisha and subsequently providing them certificates as third gender (TG).

As per the umbrella scheme of Government of India, there are five sub-schemes for the welfare of the third gender. The parents of every transgender will get financial assistance of one thousand. For pre-matric scholarship (Class VIII to X) the day scholar will get Rs 150/- and the hostellers Rs. 350/- for ten months. Similarly, the transgender students will get monthly post-matric scholarship (XI and above) Rs. 550/- for day scholar and Rs. 1200/- for hosteller for ten months and there is reimbursement of compulsory refundable fees during higher study.

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 maximum 5 lakhs to be an entrepreneur. There are also pension schemes for transgenders Rs. 1000/- per month. The Odisha Government have agreed to implement it after the launching of the scheme by the Central Government.

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