Quota For Transgenders Welcome
Sangama, an NGO that works for the welfare of sexual minorities, has welcomed the state government’s decision to respond positively to its public interest litigation (PIL) in the High Court to provide 1 per cent reservation in government jobs to transgender persons.
Sangama that has been is working for more than two decades for the rights of transgender people had filed a PIL seeking implementation of the National Legal Serv ices Authority (NALSA) judgment by the Supreme Court of India on transgender persons.
“As benefits of NALSA judgment did not reach the communities, Sangama and Nisha Gulur filed a PIL on 20 June 2020 in the Karnataka High Court represented by senior advocate BT Venkatesh, when vacancies for 2,467 posts of the Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsmen arose. The state government was recruiting thousands in a special drive,’’ said Rajesh Srinivas, the petitioner and Executive Director, Sangama.
According to Nisha Gulur, a transgender and a programme manager at Sangama, despite having hundreds of talented and qualified people, the transgender community has been pushed to the margins for long. “This reservation by Karnataka will go a long way in ensuring decent jobs for transgender people,’’ said Nisha Gulur.
In response to the PIL, the Karnataka government filed a memo on Friday to the High Court stating that they are amending recruitment rules to ensure 1 per cent reservation to the transgender persons in general merit category, scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and backward classes categories.
A notification dated May 13, 2021, was produced in the High Court on Friday.
If there are no eligible candidates, the reserved posts will then go to those qualified in the respective reserved category.
In its statement to the court, the government said that no objection has been received for the draft notification proposing 1 per cent reservation for transgender people though 15 days were given to the public to submit objections or suggestions to the proposed amendment.
But, the state government has clarified to the High Court that final notification for reserving 1 per cent of vacant posts by inserting Rule (1D) under Rule 9 would not be issued till finalisation of the objections received for amending Rule 16, which was also proposed in the same draft notification.
“A pride indeed, and it is a wonderful initiative which we whole-heartedly welcome,’’ said Venkatesh, an advocate who represented Sangama and Nisha Gulur.