New Delhi : The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A. Narayanswamy in the Lok sabha in a written reply today Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is formulating a scheme for the welfare of the Transgender persons wherein setting up of shelter homes for destitute and needy Transgender Persons is included as one of the components.
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has initiated 12 pilot shelter homes and provided financial assistance to community based organizations (CBOs) for setting up of these shelter homes ‘Garima Greh’ for Transgender persons. These pilot shelter homes are in States of Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. The main aim of these shelter homes is to provide safe and secure shelter to Transgender persons in need. These shelter homes would provide basic amenities like food, medical care, recreational facilities and also conduct capacity-building/skill development programmes for Transgender persons.
This Ministry is not implementing any Pension scheme. However, the Ministry of Rural Development implements the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) in which 3,384 Transgender are being provided monthly pension.