Sonmoni Borah lays stress on need to add column in school admission form for 3rd gender

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Oct 2017 09:26:00


Staff Reporter,


In a bid to assimilate the marginalised community of third gender into mainstream of society, State Government started sensitisation of Govt Departments and making better basic civic amenities for them.

Social Welfare Department has begun working on getting the benefits of education, housing, skill training, self-employment, ration and other such facilities to the third gender people.
Social Welfare Department Secretary Sonmani Borah, in this regard, held a meeting attended by Woman and Child Development Department Secretary Dr M Geeta, Social Welfare Department Director Dr Sanjay Alang, Director of Urban Administration Niranjan Das and concerned officials. Borah emphasised on getting rid of rumours about third gender. There is a need to add third column in the school admission and sorts of forms or applications for them.

It was informed that an OPD is run every day for them from 11 am to 12 pm. They also get free operation facility. Also, identity cards have been issued to 338 persons. It must be ensured that kids identified as third gender don’t face any sort of discrimination or harassment.

We need to identify these kids and instil confidence in them. Officers of State Urban Development Agency informed that as many as 38 third gender people have been trained in beauty therapy and hairstyling skills under Deendayal Antyoday Yojana. Secretary stated that he expect on field police personnel adopts a sensitive approach towards these people while the Panchayat and Rural Development Department were asked to make arrangements of housing, social security, pension, ration card and employment under MNREGA.

Notably, a Third Gender Welfare Board has also been constituted under the chairmanship of Social Welfare Minister Ramsheela Sahu. The board consist of principal secretary and secretary, four members of third gender community and members of social service organizations. The primary figures suggest that the population of third gender people is around 3,000 in Chhattisgarh.