This state is first in India to provide pension and food benefits to the transgender community

first_imgOdisha has become the first state in the country to provide food grains, pension, health, education and housing benefits to the transgender community, thus including them in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. The step has been taken to empower the transgender community.Difference between sex and gender: Transgender is a global term for the people whose gender identity does not conform with the sex they were assigned at the time of their birth. Sex is different from gender. Sex refers to genitalia and gender is a society constructed definition to differentiate between a man and woman.Here is everything you should know:Members of the transgender community will be given BPL cardsThe BPL cards will give them access to a number of social benefits under various government welfare programmesThe benefits include “free housing, pensions loans to start up their own businesses and 100 days of paid work annually”The community will also be entitled to 5 kg of food grains every monthIn the 2011 census, 4,000 transgender people had registered themselves in the ‘Others’ categoryIn the year 2014, the transgenders were recognised as a legal third gender by the Supreme Court which ordered the government to provide the third gender with quotas in jobs and educationOn April 24, 2015, a bill for the transgenders was passed in the Rajya Sabha which sought equal rights for the community. The bill was later adopted through a voice note.Read: List of Indian transgenders who made a differenceRead: Transgender and their livesInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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