In a landmark move the Odisha government on June 2 decided to grant social welfare benefits to the transgender community.
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According to Niten Chandra, who is the principal secretary of Odisha’s Department of Social Security, the move was made to give the transgender community same benefits as those who live under poverty line and is aimed at improving their overall social and economic status.
Under this benefit the transgender would also get pensions and loans to start their own businesses and they would be entitled to get 5 kg of food grains every month under India’s National Food Security Act.
In the past few years, many state governments have taken steps so as to ensure that transgender community gets equal benefits as others. In 2008, Tamil Nadu became the first state in India to offer welfare benefits to transgender community but the problem of implementation continues to plague the board set up for this purpose.