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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4947
ANSWERED ON:  26.04.2010
TRANSGENDER PERSONS
P.R. NATARAJAN
Will the Minister of



SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:-




(a) the number of transgender persons in the country, State-wise;

(b) whether the Government is aware that such transgenders have no right to education, employment, ration card and civil rights etc.;

(c) if so, the action plan of the Government for the rehabilitation of these socially segregated people;

(d) whether the Government proposes to bring a legislation to legitimatize the very existence of these transgenders; and

(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons thereof?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF THE STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT (SHRI D. NAPOLEON)

(a): In the population census, gender of every person is recorded as either male or female, therefore no separate figures of transgender persons in the country are available.

(b) to (e): The Election Commission of India has permitted transgender persons to have a separate third identity on electoral rolls. However, there is no proposal at present to bring out a legislation or rehabilitation plan specific for transgenders.

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