Centre floats several welfare measures for transgenders  

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has submitted a concept note for scheme of Welfare measures for Transgender Persons.

The Ministry has given funds to National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) for conducting skill development of members of Transgender Community.

So far, the corporation has sanctioned skill development training programmes for 330 members of transgender community to seven Sector Skill Councils and Training Institutes.

Funds have been also released to National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) for implementing various welfare programmes like setting up of pilot shelter homes and  conducting workshops.

A composite scheme is being formulated for the welfare of Transgender Persons for which a concept note has already been submitted.

Out of Rs 150.00 lakhs released to NBCFDC, Rs 118.05 lakhs has been used by Corporation, so far, for providing Subsistence Allowance/ration kits to 6,940 persons during Covid period.

NISD is setting up 13 pilots of Garima Greh (Shelter Homes) for Transgender Persons.

One Garima Greh has already been inaugurated at Vadodara, Gujarat.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Katariain a written reply in Lok Sabha today.