Bhubaneswar, July 3 (LocalWire): Odisha government today announced that transgenders (Kinnars) will be covered under the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) scheme.
Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Minister Ashok Panda said that the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, today approved the proposal for the inclusion of the community in the social welfare scheme.
The transgenders will have to apply for the pension in a form available on the official website of MBPY, wherein, pension ranging from Rs 500-900 will be provided to them in accordance with their age group.
The Chief Minister is yet to take a decision regarding the income eligibility criteria of the transgenders applying for the scheme, Panda said.
“The BJD is fulfilling the promise it had made to the community in its 2019 election manifesto; nearly 6000 transgenders across the state will be benefitted from the scheme,” he added.
“Currently there are 48 lakh beneficiaries under the pension scheme.
The government has already provided them advance pension of four months (April, May, June and July) in keeping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another installment of Rs 1000 will be provided to the beneficiaries for which funds have already been sanctioned,” he added.
It may be recalled that recently, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation had announced its intention to employ transgenders to collect parking fees from public parking stands in the city.