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SHILLONG, January 24, 2018: Meghalaya Government has paved way for the recognition of the transgender population in the State following the amendment of Meghalaya Registration of Birth and Death Rules, 1999 by the Cabinet.

“We have decided to amend Meghalaya Registration of Birth and Death Rules, 1999. The amendment of this rule has pave way for the recognition of the transgender in the State,” Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma informed after the Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet has taken this decision following a circular from the Ministry of Home Affairs following the order of the Supreme Court created the “third gender” status.

Chief Minister said that the transgender population in the State will have the right to indicate their gender adding that the provisions of third gender will be put in all the forms for the people to indicate their gender as per the Supreme Court order.

As of now, there is no official figures of the transgender population in the State. The data will be created after the new exercise as was done in the case of Single Mothers in the state whose data was created following the roll out of the Chief Minister’s Special Assistance programme to single mothers in the state.

The order from the Supreme Court came in the year 2014 when the Apex Court asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.

The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.

(TNT-The Northeast Today news)

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