Bhubaneswar, Sept 22: In a bid to empower the transgender community in Odisha, the state government has decided to implement five sub-schemes launched by the central government.
The sub-schemes will be implemented by the state government through its newly-created Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD).
The department has drafted a proposal for recognition of transgenders and subsequently providing them certificates as third gender. The parents of every transgender will get a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month.
For pre-matric scholarship (Class VIII to X) the day scholar will get Rs 150 and the hostelers Rs 350 for 10 months in a year.
Similarly, the transgender students will get monthly post-matric scholarship (XI and above) of Rs 550 for day scholar and Rs 1,200 for hosteler for 10 months and there is reimbursement of compulsory refundable fees during higher study, an official said.
For their skill development, Rs 15,000 will be given per transgender trainee for 200 hours of the course. There will be 30 trainees in one batch. The trainee will get stipend amounting to Rs 1,000 per month.
They will get subsidy linked to loan at a maximum Rs 5 lakh to be an entrepreneur. There are also pension schemes for transgenders at Rs 1,000 per month, he said.