GUWAHATI, March 27 - Admitting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking issuance of directions to the State government for taking immediate and effective steps for the welfare and betterment of the transgender persons of the State, the Gauhati High Court has issued notices to the State the Central governments and asked them to reply within four weeks.
The PIL was filed by transgender Swati Bidhan Baruah seeking a direction to the State government to take immediate and effective steps to implement the orders contained in paragraphs 135 and 136 of the judgment to the Supreme Court dated October 15, 2014, passed in the case of National Legal Services Authority versus Union of India & Others.
The PIL also sought a direction to the government to formulate a comprehensive policy for transgenders in the State.
Bhaskar Dev Konwar, a senior counsel who represented the PIL petitioner, said the State government should set up a State Level Transgender Welfare/Justice Board and District Level Transgender Welfare/Justice Committees, under the State Social Welfare Department for the purpose of implementing the policy.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had constituted an �Expert committee of issue relating to transgender�, which made an in-depth study of the problems faced by the transgenders and suggested measures that can be taken by the government to ameliorate those problems.
Balin Ch Sarma, senior State Govt advocate, represented the State of Assam before the Bench.