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Center prepares a portal for transgender people to obtain a certificate of identity online and protect their privacy | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center has created a portal to allow transgender people to apply online for the district magistrate to certify their identity without visiting the offices, a measure designed to protect their privacy.
On the portal, which will be launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) on Wednesday, transgender people will be able to upload an affidavit declaring their “self-perceived” gender identity, which will be the basis for the identity certificate to be issued by the district magistrate.
The applicant will receive an identity card within 30 days of receipt of the application by the district authorities and this identification will be the basis for gender identity on all other official documents.
The Transgender People (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 came into effect in January. The law provides for “self-perceived identification” by an applicant for an identity certificate and makes it clear that a medical examination would not be performed for the same.
Those transgender people who have already registered the change of gender identity as male, female or transgender before the enactment of the law will not need to request a certificate of identity under the rules notified on September 25.
Officials said the portal will also allow community members to register their complaints and will eventually link them to all facilities and schemes online. The portal will also help build a community database.
The ministry has also decided to establish shelters for transgender people who have been forced to leave their homes or abandoned by the family. The first house of its kind in Vadodara in Gujarat will open on Wednesday. By March 31st of next year, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Kolkata, Jaipur, Raipur, Bhubaneswar and Manipur will also have this type of home that will be called “Garima Greh” with capacity for 25 people. They will be run by organizations led by the transgender community. “These shelters will also provide skills training to connect community members with livelihood opportunities,” said an official.

Times of India