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Relief for transgenders without ration cards: Madras HC takes up issue, seeks govt response [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jun 2021 10:13pm

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The Madras High Court has sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on considering persons who have applied to the transgender board to be entitled to receive the cash relief announced by the government, despite not having ration cards.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy noted, “The state should consider whether all applicants who have applied to the Transgender Board in the State by May 31 (and not beyond) may be considered as transgenders to obtain the benefit announced by the State and extended already to some of the recognized transgenders.”

Background

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Grace Banu, a transgender rights activist, featuring the issue that transgenders not holding ration cards have not received the Covid-19 cash relief amount of Rs 4,000 announced to be extended to all rice ration card holders by the Government.

The petition averred that there are more than 50,000 transgender persons in the State, though the available government data shows only 11,449 transgender persons, of whom only 2,541 had been issued with ration cards.

It is further stated that the restriction of the financial aid only to ration card holders would lead to exclusion of many transgender persons who do not possess ration cards due to varied reasons including a delay on the part of the Civil Supplies Department in issuing these cards.

Court Analysis

After hearing the pleas, the Advocate General on behalf of the State notified that the State has agreed… Continue Reading...


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