Government affidavit on benefits to transgender

Division Bench of Kerala High Court comprising of Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A.M. Shaffique, while considering a petition filed by High Court lawyer Basil Attipety, seeking a directive to the State government to grant Rs.10,000 as allowance to every transgender in the State a month and direct the Social Justice and Empowerment Department to provide free education, food, shelter, clothing, and monetary allowance to them, directed the State government to file an affidavit in response to a public interest petition seeking a directive to provide all benefits and privileges to transgender in the State as directed by the Supreme Court.

Petitioner further contented that, even though Tamil Nadu and New Delhi had decided to implement the directions which includes free housing program, free admission in government colleges with full scholarship for higher studies and alternative sources of livelihood, Kerala had not initiated any steps in this regard. However, the government pleader submitted that the enumeration of transgender in the state was on.