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Transgender Council Members Raise Issue Of Building Unisex Toilets, Shelter Homes With Government

The primary goal of the meeting of the National Council for Transgender Persons (NCTP) was to confront the challenges faced by transgender individuals, encompassing issues concerning education, life with dignity, health support, opportunities for livelihood and skill enhancement

Transgender Council Members Raise Issue Of Building Unisex Toilets, Shelter Homes With Government
Members of the National Council for Transgender Persons raised the necessity of building unisex toilets, setting up shelter homes and distributing Ayushman Cards, among others

New Delhi: In a meeting of the National Council for Transgender Persons, its members raised the necessity of building unisex toilets, setting up shelter homes and distributing Ayushman Cards, among others, officials of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry said on Monday (February 19). In response, the ministry emphasised its commitment to addressing these issues. The primary goal of the meeting of the National Council for Transgender Persons (NCTP) was to confront the challenges faced by transgender individuals, encompassing issues concerning education, life with dignity, health support, opportunities for livelihood and skill enhancement.

An official said,

Specific concerns raised included the necessity for unisex toilets, distribution of Ayushman Cards, establishment of shelter homes, and provision of Garima Greh.

Discussions were also held on the transgender portal that has been envisioned as a centralised platform to streamline access to resources and support services thereby facilitating ease of navigation for transgender individuals across various aspects of their lives.

A council member said,

As discussions progressed, it became evident that concerted efforts are required to overcome the barriers hindering the full realisation of rights and opportunities for transgender individuals.

Also Read: Transgenders Benefited From Ayushman Bharat Jan Arogya Scheme: Government

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