The government initiated the process of including transgenders under the OBC quota after the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) recommended their inclusion in the central list of OBCs in August 2014.
NCBC’s recommendation came after a Supreme Court judgment, which directed the Central and state governments to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment initiated the process by holding a national consultation. The consultation included all stakeholders like the state governments and discussed the modalities of including transgender persons under the OBC quota.
Though the exact number of transgender persons in the country is not available, electoral roll data of the EC states that a total number of 23,019 people have registered themselves in the others category. As per a draft bill prepared by the Ministry, a transgender would be given an option to identify as a man, woman or transgender.
They should also have the right to choose options available, independent of surgery and hormones therapy. The bill states that only the nomenclature of ‘transgender’ should be used and terms like ‘other’ or ‘others’ should not be used. It also says that transgender persons would be issued a proper certificate for their identity by a state-level authority duly designated or constituted by the respective state or Union Territories.
Courtesy: The New Iindian Express