The government of Gujarat has constituted a special board for the transgender community, reports an official release on Monday.

The “Transgender Welfare Board” has been formed by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to offer social security to the community, it added.

After the top court gave recognition to transgenders as a third gender in 2014, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had formed an expert committee to evaluate various issues of the community, said the release.  

Based on the findings of the committee, the Supreme Court has asked the state government to form welfare boards for the transgender community, it said.

The Transgender Welfare Board will have the state empowerment and social justice minister as its chairman. It will be comprised of 16 other members, including two transgender-women representatives, two male-transgender, two from each community, and two representatives of NGOs. Therefore, the remaining members of the community will be government officials.   

It added that the Transgender Welfare Board will work for uplift and development of the transgender community.

As a state run-agency, the Transgender Welfare Board will have powers to unveil special schemes for the special community, added the release.

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