An initiative towards the recognition of transgender right

Swati Singh


August’5 2016, New Delhi: Transgender community in our society is considered to be eccentric in terms of their lifestyle. But, recently the Odisha Government has given this opportunity to transgender to portray their talent on the Independence Day and now they are going to be recruited in the jails as the warden too. This initiative marks the challenge to this taboo in our society.

According to a report by Indian Express, General Secretary of TG Surakshya Trust Pratap Sahoo quoted “For the first time in the country, the Odisha government has allowed the transgender to participate in the state level parade to be held at Mahatma Gandhi Marg on August 15.” And he further added that “A platoon comprising 30 transgenders have already started their rehearsal under the guidance of a trained teacher at Nayapally area.”

Giving a new ray to this context, they are going to be assigned as wardens in the jails. In a report by Business Standard, ADG (Prisons) Manoranjan Patnaik said Transgenders will be doing duty in jails as warders. They will have to succeed in the qualifying examination with other candidates. A letter to this effect has been sent to the Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission to take necessary steps in this regard”.

Article 41 of the constitution in India gives “Right to work” for everyone. Such initiatives by the government showcase the efforts and steps which are taken to bring out the change in the society for uprising all the sections who are surviving.


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