Transgenders will receive financial aid for gender reassignment surgery in Rajasthan

The government of Rajasthan has come up with a financial aid scheme for transgenders for gender reassignment surgery. Transgender people will get up to Rs 2.50 lakhs for this operation.

“If a transgender wishes to undergo gender reassignment surgery, the state government will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 2.5 lakh. Along with this, the facilities of Chief Minister Chiranjeevi’s health insurance scheme are also available,” said Tikaram Julie, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

He said the government will hold special camps to make identity cards for identified people from the transgender community on Transgender Day on Nov. 20. The camps will be held in all districts of the state.

“I have instructed officers to adopt a simplified procedure for making ID cards,” Julie said.

According to the 2011 census, the transgender population in Rajasthan was 16,500. Subsequently, in joint mapping with UNDP, it was found to be around 22,517 and now it is expected to reach around 75,000.

Rajasthan established the Rajasthan Transgender Welfare Board in 2016 with the intention of addressing the issues of the transgender community, by setting policies and providing proper guidance to state departments for the formulation and operation of new programs to to integrate them into society.

Under this council, the state government runs various programs for the upliftment of the transgender community. Transgender people have been given identity cards, the government runs retirement homes, boarding houses, job training and a 2% land reservation for residential purposes.

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