Karnataka becomes first state to provide reservation for transgenders

Bengaluru, Jul 21 (IANS): Karnataka has become the first state in the country to provide one per cent reservation for the 'transgender' community in all the government services. The government submitted a report to the High Court in this regard informing that a notification had already been issued after amending the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment) Rule, 1977.

The final notification issued on July 6, specifies one per cent reservation in all general as well as reserve categories for the third gender. Whenever a notification is published inviting applications for the government jobs, 'others' column must be added along with male and female columns. The notification also underlines that there should not be any discrimination to the transgenders in the process of selection.

In case of non-availability of transgender candidates, the job could be given to male or female from the same category, the notification notes.

'Sangama', an NGO had filed a Public Interest Petition (PIL) in the High Court questioning denial of job opportunities in the State Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsman postings. The High Court Divisional Bench headed by the Chief Justice A.S. Oka heard the case on Tuesday.

The public prosecutor appearing for the government, Vijay Kumar Patil, informed the Bench that the government has provided the one per cent horizontal reservation in government recruitments by bringing amendment to the existing rule.

Jayna Kothari, a senior advocate who has also submitted a petition from 'Jeeva' NGO argued that the present amendment accommodated third gender in government services. However, the court should give directions to ensure job opportunities in various boards and corporations, she underlined.

The High Court Divisional Bench told her that, if a separate petition is filed in this regard, it would consider giving directions to the government. The bench has also asked the prosecutor appearing for the Central government to specify its stand on the matter. The High Court welcomed and commended the action of the government.








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  • Dr. Zita Lobo, Mangalore/UAE

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    A welcome move. Long overdue. Misinformation and ignorance of the 'norm' al have relegated the third gender as an anomaly, to be jeered at, feared, abused and abhorred. Given the usual education and opportunities they are now contributing as capable people because after all the physical and mental capacities of the third gender are similar to that of a man or a woman. Minds have to be liberated from the old ways of thinking by awareness. I would suggest just as a matter of interest to watch the kannada movie "Naanu, Avanu, Avalalla" based on a transgender Living Smile Vidya's autobiographical work played by the actor Sanchari Vijay . We see transgender doctors and other contributors to the society. High time our thoughts also go through positive transition. Let's be human before being, man, woman or trans. Support trans.

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  • Dr. Zita Lobo, Mangalore/UAE

    Thu, Jul 22 2021

    The name of the movie should be read as "Naanu Avanalla, Avalu"

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    even without reservation they look well built and well fed and well dressed... looks like many of them spend substantial amount on cosmetics...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Transgenders always had equal opportunity to compete as a male or female. I dont think anybody was asked to lift the saree or drop the pant for government jobs in the interview.!!!!!?????

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  • Praveen, Bangalore

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Be human being and sensible in your comment. How do we treat them? Is there anything wrong that they have done? Is it the birth itself is curse for them? The society doesn't accept them. They're not given jobs. 99% of people are just mocking at them. How will they live. We take care of Dogs, cattle and all pet animals when human species are suffering.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Goods news for transgenders. Now they can lead a respectful life. Transgender also Gods creation. If give them proper education they can be more productive to the society. But the humans exploited them from centuries.

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