National Portal for Transgender Persons
Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot launched a portal named -‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ in a virtual event. He also virtually inaugurated Garima Greh for transgender.
- Through the portal, all transgender persons can apply for a Certificate and Identity card digitally, without any physical interface. The certificates will be issued within timelines and the applicants can monitor the status of their applications.
- Persons of the community will be able to download their certificates and ID cards through the portal itself after they are issued.
- Transgender Certificate and Identity Cards as per their self-perceived identity are important provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.
- Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 came into force on 10th January 2020. To implement the provisions of the Act, the Social Justice Ministry issued the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 in the month of September.
Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020
Transgender Persons Rules, 2020 were issued for the proper implementation of the act. The rules were made to ensure that all welfare measures reach the community. The rules notified the procedure of issuing the Transgender identity card and certificates. Now, the launch of portal will allow the community to apply for the identity card online.
The Minister also e-inaugurated ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ in Vadodara, Gujarat, to provide basic amenities and skill training to transgender persons. This shelter home will be run in partnership with Lakshya Trust which is an organisation run by transgender. The ministry has identified 10 cities to set up 13 Garima Greh.