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  • 27 November, 2019

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Transgender persons rights Bill passed in RS

Syllabus subtopic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

News: The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament, with the Rajya Sabha passing it after a motion to refer it to a select committee was defeated.

Prelims and Mains focus: About the key features and significance of the bill

Context: Passed by the Lok Sabha on August 8 and introduced in the Rajya Sabha by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot on November 20, the legislation was meant to end discrimination against transgender persons.

Concerns raised by MPs

  • Opposition MPs, however, raised concerns about certain provisions including the requirement of getting a transgender certificate from a District Magistrate, terming them regressive.

Source: The Hindu

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