Odisha government to launch new scheme for transgenders

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Odisha government to launch new scheme for upliftment of transgenders, the community continue to face a raw deal in the society. The department of social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities (SSEPD) is gearing up to launch a new scheme—Tritiya Prakriti Surakshya Abhiyan (TPSA).

TPSA envisages identification of transgender people and their rehabilitation, scholarship for transgender children, conduct of skill development programmes and generation of employment opportunities of them. “We held a meeting a few days ago and decided to frame guidelines for successful implementation of TPSA.

A survey will soon start across the state to identify transgender people before implementation of the scheme,” said a senior officer of SSEPD department.

“We also sought opinions from different quarters on draft Odisha Transgender Policy 2017 that proposes safety, security and social welfare of the transgender people,” the officer said.

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