Kerala extends education scholarship and wedding scholarship for transsexuals
With the aim of bringing the transgender community to the forefront of society, the left-wing government in Kerala has announced a number of programs, including the extension of scholarships for third-gender students and financial aid for legally married trans couples.
Announcing the initiatives on Tuesday, Social Justice Minister KK Shylaja said that the Department of Social Justice has sanctioned six lakh rupees for the scholarship of students from the marginalized group in the current financial year.
The scholarship scheme is aimed at trans students, who attend from the seventh level to universities in the government, subsidized and self-financed educational institutions.
“It is part of the drive to bring the marginalized and generally isolated transgender community into the mainstream of society,” the minister said in a statement.
According to the plan, 1,000 rupees per month would be awarded to each third-gender student studying in classes 7-10 for a period of 10 months.
The scholarship would be 1,500 rupees a month for transgender students studying in upper secondary school and 2,000 rupees a month for those who study diploma, degree, professional and postgraduate courses for 10 months, the minister explained.
As an educationally backward group, more attention and consideration needed to be given to members of the transgender community, the minister said detailing the circumstances that led the government to launch such a scheme.
In addition to this, a recent survey found that 58 percent of transgender students drop out of educational institutions in the state without being able to complete even basic education, the minister added.
The Department also decided to extend financial assistance of Rs 30,000 for trans couples who legally marry, also in the current financial year.
“A total of three lakh rupees has been sanctioned for the same.
Through this, 30,000 rupees each can be given to 10 trans couples, ”he said, adding that the plan aimed to help trans people build a social life through marriage.
Applications for the grant can be submitted six months after marriage and up to one year, the minister added.
By the way, Kerala was the first state in the country to unveil the Transgender Policy to end the social stigma towards the group of sexual minorities and guarantee them non-discriminatory treatment and justice.