Centre forms National Council for Transgender Persons

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News: The Central Government has constituted the National Council for Transgender Persons under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

Facts:

  • Aim: To formulate policies, programmes, legislation and projects regarding members of the community for achieving equality and full participation by them.
  • Objectives:
    • To advise the central government on the formulation of policies, programmes, legislation and projects with respect to transgender persons.
    • Monitor and evaluate the impact of policies and programmes designed for achieving equality and full participation of transgender persons
    • Review and Coordinate the activities of all the departments; redressing grievances of transgender persons and 
    • Perform such other functions as prescribed by the Centre.
  • Composition:
    • Chairperson: Union Minister of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
    • Vice Chairperson: Junior Minister of the Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment.
    • Members: The council will have joint secretary-level members from the ministries of health, home, minority affairs, education, rural development, labour and law. 
      • In addition, there will be a member from the department of pensions, Niti Aayog, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women.
    • States: Representatives from five states or Union Territories on a rotational basis will be members of the commission.
    • Community: Five members of the community and five experts, from non-governmental organisations have also been named to the commission.The tenure of the community members and experts shall be three years.