Maharashtra government gives nod to setting up Transgender Welfare Board
Maharashtra has become the second state of the country to announce the formation of Transgender Welfare Board after State Cabinet approved the formation of the same. The first state of the country to take the same step is Tamil Nadu.
The Maharashtra Cabinet also decided to include ten sub-castes in the Lingayat community in the OBC category. It also suggested the Centre to provide minority status to Lingayat community.
Maharashtra was the first state to conduct complete study on the transgender community and announce welfare schemes recommended by Supreme Court. It is worth recalling that the Supreme Court, on April 15, 2014, recognized transgender as the third gender. It made 26 recommendations for the welfare of the transgenders.