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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to designate special officer to deal with the complaints of transgenders in a bid to end the harassment and hassles people from the community face in government offices.

The Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has written to the secretaries in all departments under the state government to designate ‘Complaint Officers’ in all offices in their respective departments. The officers will deal with allegation related to the violation of Provisions under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

Section-11 of the Act mandates that all government offices should designate special officers to look into the complaints made by transgender. "You are therefore requested to intimate all the establishments under your administrative control for designating Complaint Officers and submit a copy of the same to this Department for information and records," the letter read.

The Act, which was drafted by the Parliament in November 2019, prohibits discrimination against the transgender community in the fields of employment, education, housing, healthcare and other services. The Act allows self-perception of gender identity, but it mandates that the person would have to be recognized as "transgender" on the basis of a certificate of identity card issued by the District Magistrate, the letter added.

In July this year, the Odisha government had approved a proposal to include the transgender community under the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) which aims at providing financial assistance to the destitute elderly, differently-abled persons and widows. The transgender association had hailed the move of the government.

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