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The Transgender Persons Bill 2016: Cabinet approves bill for empowerment of transgenders

Through the bill, the government has evolved a mechanism for the social, economic and educational empowerment of Transgenders

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New Delhi: The Union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, July 19, approved The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016.

“Through this bill, the government has evolved a mechanism for their social, economic and educational empowerment,” an official announcement said, adding the bill will benefit a large number of transgender persons, mitigate the stigma, discrimination and abuse against “this marginalised section”.

The new law will help bring the community into the mainstream of society.

“It will lead to greater inclusiveness and make the transgender people productive members of the society,” the official release said.

The release further said the transgender community is among “one of the most marginalised communities in the country” because they do not fit into the stereotypical categories of the gender of ‘men’ or ‘women’.

“Consequently, they face problems ranging from social exclusion to discrimination, lack of education facilities, unemployment, lack of medical facilities and so on,” it said.

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The bill will make all the stakeholders responsive and accountable for upholding the principles underlying the proposed new law and it will bring “greater accountability” on the part of the central government and state governments and union territories administrations for issues concerning transgender persons, the release said.

According to sources, in the run up to the drafting of the bill, there have been issues at times even between the law ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

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 Among other things, sources said, matters relating to forcing a transgender to leave a village or residence or forcibly inciting them to beg or do similar forms of bonded labour were also discussed at length.

There is also a portion of the bill which deals with “offences”, that may be treated as atrocity and violence against transgenders. (IANS)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.