Odisha Government to offer month-to-month pension to transgenders

Bhubaneswar, July 4

The Odisha Government has determined to incorporate members of the transgender neighborhood in a social welfare scheme which supplies a month-to-month pension to the needy, a minister mentioned.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has authorised a proposal to cowl the members of the neighborhood underneath the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) which goals at offering monetary help to the destitute aged, differently-abled individuals and widows, he mentioned.

Around 5,000 transgenders will get a month-to-month pension in between Rs 500 and Rs 900 relying on their age, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Minister Ashok Panda mentioned.

The authorities’s choice was taken in view of the guarantees made within the ruling BJD’s manifesto for the 2019 Assemble polls, the minister mentioned.

Panda mentioned that the transgender individuals must apply on the official web site of the division to register themselves underneath the MBPY.

“Around 5,000 transgenders will benefit from the government’s decision,” he mentioned.

The associations of transgenders hailed the state authorities for together with them underneath the social welfare programme.

Some different states have already launched such social welfare schemes for the neighborhood.

For occasion, the J&Ok Administrative Council has reportedly prolonged the protection of its Integrated Social Security Scheme to transgenders. Andra Pradesh and Kerala governments had earlier introduced pension schemes for them.

Panda, nonetheless, mentioned that the Odisha authorities has additionally determined to offer one-time further help of Rs 1,000 to every of 48 lakh current beneficiaries underneath the MBPY scheme in view of the COVID-19 disaster.

The minister mentioned the funds required for the aim have already been allotted, and the beneficiaries will get the help quickly.

He mentioned the beneficiaries have already obtained pensions prematurely for 4 months throughout the present fiscal within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. PTI

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