Odisha government frames policy to give equal opportunity to transgenders

The Odisha government has come up with a policy providing equal opportunity to transgenders in all offices of the nodal department for such people in the state.

The notification issued by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Department stipulates the designation of an officer as a complaint officer for redressal of grievances of transgender people within 15 days from the date of receipt of such complaints.

The head of the department will take action on the inquiry report submitted by the complaint officer within a fortnight of its submission, the notification by the nodal agency said.

The policy was notified as per the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, and rules framed under the Act.

“The government would provide equal employment opportunities to all notwithstanding sex, sexual orientation, colour, disability, marital status, nationality, race, and religion, in its all offices,” the notification said.

The new policy will also ensure that the work environment is free from any discrimination against transgender persons.