Plea in Madras HC seeking financial relief for transgender individuals not holding ration cards: COVID-19

The Tamil Nadu government has told the Madras High Court that it is examining a petition to extend Covid-19 monetary assistance to all transgender people.

The submission was made by Advocate General R Shanmugasundaram before the first bench, which included Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy. 

The court deferred the plea until May 31st after recording the observation. This comes in the wake of a PIL filed by transgender campaigner Grace Banu, who contended that most individuals of her community lack a ration card, which must be presented at PDS shops in order to get government benefits. The complainant asserted that there are more than 50,000 transgender people in the state, but according to the Social Welfare Department, only 11,449 transgender people were confirmed in a study conducted till 2014, and only 2,541 of them were allocated ration cards.

The government has launched a programme to distribute Covid-19 monetary assistance of Rs 4,000 to all rice-ration-cardholders on behalf of the State’s Cooperation, Food, and Consumer Protection Department. This month, the very first amount of Rs 2,000 will be delivered.

The petitioner requested that a specialized vaccination campaign be held for transgender people, with assistance in registering online and particular vaccination times accessible at community health centers.


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