National Portal for Transgender Persons Launched

Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment have launched a ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ virtually on November 25, 2020.

National Portal for Transgender Persons

  • The portal for Transgender has been developed within 2 months of Notification of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020.
  • The portal would be proved highly useful to a transgender person in the light that it would help a transgender person to apply for a Certificate and Identity card digitally from anywhere in India.
  • The portal would also helps the transgender person to get the I-Card without any physical interface. They need not require to visit any offices to get their I-Card.
  • The portal would further help people from the transgender community to come forward and get their Transgender Certificate and Identity Cards.
  • The transgender persons are provided with the Certificate and the I-Card as per their self-perceived identity. This is an important provision of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

This act of the Parliament of India was enacted with an objective to provide the protection to the rights of transgender people, their welfare and other related matters. The act defines a transgender person as the person whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to them at their birth.

Background of the Act

The background of the enactment of the act lies in the 2014 judgement of the supreme Court of India on the National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India (NALSA v. UOI) case. In the verdict, the SC had recognised the rights of transgender people in India. The court had laid down a series of measures to secure the rights of the transgender people. The judgement prohibited the  discrimination against them. It also recommended for the creation of welfare policies and reservations in educational institutions and jobs.