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Rajya Sabha Passes Private Bill for Transgenders
Apr 28, 2015

A private member’s Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha for the first time in over three decades, with MPs cutting across party lines on Friday to unanimously endorse by voice vote a proposed legislation that aims to promote the rights of transgenders, including reservations and financial aid.

  • Moving the bill, T. Siva said 29 nations and leading democracies in the world including US, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Italy and Singapore had legislations protecting rights of transgenders.

  • With the passage of the bill, Rajya Sabha created history today as the last private member's bill was passed in 1970.

  • The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014, moved by DMK's Tiruchi Siva was passed after leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would not be proper if the House is divided on this issue as all feel in favour of the rights of transgenders.

  • Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien repeatedly asked T. Siva if he intended to withdraw the bill as per tradition, but the DMK member refused to budge.

  • The Bill is aimed at providing for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for ensuring overall development of the transgender persons.

  • The bill envisages that a national commission with statutory powers on the lines of the National Commission for SCs, STs and women should be established for transgenders .

  • The Bill also states that there should be reservations for transgenders in educational institutions from primary level up 

  • Indian Parliament has so far passed 14 private members' bills, the British Parliament had passed 17 such legislations and the Canadian Parliament passed 229.

However, this Bill would not become a law as, unlike a government Bill, a Private Members' Bill does not go to the other House after passage. It will become law only if the government moves a Bill on the issue. 

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