Chennai, Apr 15 UNI | 3 months ago

DMK President today welcomed Supreme Court judgement legally recognising transgenders as the third sex in the country and announcing reservation for them in education and employment as part of the Backward Classes.

In a statement here, he recalled that the DMK in its manifesto for the ongoing Lok abha elections, announced that they should be extended recognition and welfare measures taken up for them.

He said in 2008, the then DMK government in Tamil Nadu had announced a welfare board for transgenders on April 15, 2008. His government had also taken a census of transgenders in Tamil Nadu and put the figure 3,878. It had also given them identity cards and then ration cards to 1,238 of them. It had also provided row houses to them and sewing machines to 100 of them to eke out a livelihood.

He said his government had also provided houses with pattas to 482 transgenders and medical insurace to 585. In addition to this, in 2008-09 his government has provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs 25,53000 to the welfare board set up for them.

He also recalled that for the trangenders to form Self Help Groups, his government had allocated Rs 6,09,000 and Rs 64,00,000 for self employment. In 2010-11, his government had granted Rs one crore to the Welfare Board for transgenders set up earlier.

Mr Karunanidhi said today's apex court judgement in favour of transgenders was signkificant for his party which had been safeguarding their welfare. He expressed appreciation to bench comprising K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikir, and the petitioner A K Tripathy.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)