National Portal for Transgender Persons

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Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot E-Launches ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ and E-Inaugurates Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons in Gujarat

      WHY IN NEWS:

Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot e-launched a ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ and e-inaugurated a ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ in Vadodara, Gujarat.

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : 3 : Bills : Recent Development : Portals


For PRELIMS go through the aim and significance of this portal .

For MAINS what are the issues with self recognition


National Portal for Transgender Persons has been developed within 2 months of Notification of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 on 29 September, 2020.



The Portal would help a transgender person in applying for a Certificate and Identity card digitally from anywhere in the country.


  • The most important benefit is that it helps the transgender person to get the I-Card without any physical interface and without having to visit any office.

Through the Portal, they can monitor the status of their application that ensures transparency in the process.

  • The issuing authorities are also under strict timelines to process the applications and issue certificates and identity cards without any necessary delays.
  • Once the Certificate and I-card are issued, the applicant can download them from the Portal itself.


In case of delay or rejection, the applicant has the options to submit grievances through the Portal .

  • This are forwarded to the concerned person and will be resolved at the earliest.
  • The Issuing authorities through the Dashboard provided to them can view the number of applications received.
  • The applications approved and the applications which are pending or put on hold so that they can take the required necessary action from their end.


  • This portal will help a lot of people from the community to come forward and get Transgender Certificate and Identity Cards .

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 came into effect on 10th January 2020 . 

  • It was is the first concrete step towards ensuring welfare of Transgender persons.
  • It will be strengthened further in the coming days to act as a single point for the community to avail various welfare measures and benefits.


  • Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment issued the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 to implement the same.
  • The Rules ensure that comprehensive welfare measures reach the Transgender Community and help them come into the mainstream of the Society.

The right to self-perceived gender identity and the procedure to issue the Transgender certificate and Identity card has been defined in the Rules.

  • The process has been made smooth and hassle free to ensure that Transgender persons are able to attain their self-perceived identity card without any inconvenience.

National Portal for Transgender Persons

Mr. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Member, National Council for Transgenders


Garima Greh : A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ e-inaugurated today in Vadodara, Gujarat .

  • It will be run in association with Lakshya Trust, a Community based organisation entirely run by the Transgenders.
  • The purpose of the Shelter Home is to provide shelter to Transgender persons, with basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreational facilities.

It will provide support for the capacity-building/skill development of persons in the Community. 

  • This will enable them to lead a life of dignity and respect.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The Nodal Ministry has identified 10 cities to set up the 13 Shelter Homes and extend the facilities to Transgender persons.
  • It will be in association with selected 13 CBOs in the country on pilot basis.

The cities include Vadodara, New Delhi, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Manipur, Chennai, Raipur, Mumbai, etc.

  • The scheme will rehabilitate a minimum of 25 transgender persons in each homes identified by the Ministry.
  • This is a pilot project, and on its successful completion, similar schemes will be extended to other parts of the country.
     SOURCES:  PIB   | National Portal for Transgender Persons



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