December 7, 2022

Centre to roll out transgender scheme tomorrow | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: From Ayushman Transgender health insurance that covers gender re-affirmation surgeries to supporting enrolment and education of transgender children through scholarships, the Centre is all set to rollout on Saturday the roadmap for mainstreaming transgender persons under the umbrella scheme SMILE or the Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise.
The scheme of the ministry of social justice and empowerment has two components focussed on comprehensive rehabilitation of transgender persons and rehab of persons engaged in begging. As far as the component on maintstreaming transgender persons is concerned, the national portal for transgender persons launched in November 2020 will be the interface between the government and the community for availing the benefits under the central scheme.
Officials share that the ministry is working out the finer modalities for issuing the Ayushman TG Health Card and it is expected to be rolled out in a month’s time. Officials from ministry of social justice and empowerment said health insurance in the form of “Ayushman Bharat TG” will be available inclusive of gender re-affirmation surgery in the health benefit package under Ayushman Bharat Yojana in collaboration with National Health Authority. Each transgender person shall receive an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per year under the scheme.
The comprehensive health package would cover all aspects of transition related healthcare for TG persons, including coverage for hormone therapy, sex re-assignment surgery inclusive of post operation formalities which can be redeemed at private and government health facilities.
As part of the comprehensive outreach to bring children into the fold of education, financial assistance will be provided under the scheme to TG students studying in class IX and upto post graduation level to enable them to complete their education. A sum of Rs 13,500 as post-matric/pre-matric scholarship to eligible transgender students who are full time student studying in a government school or one recognised by central/state board of secondary education. Under the scheme, youth and adults will be linked to skill training and employment opportunities including placement.
So far, 4,921 TG certificates have been issued through the portal to applicants in keeping with “The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019”, enacted in 2020. The benefits under the central scheme will be only available to those who hold the TG certificate issued by the MoSJE and are not availing benefits under similar schemes from the state or Centre.

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