Karnataka government is providing reservations in government jobs for the transgender community. With this 1% reservation, Karnataka becomes the first state to reserve seats for transgenders. This reservation will be applicable for both general and reservation categories.
A report was submitted by the Karnataka government in front of the High Court informing the same about the notification that was already issued on 6th July. An amendment was made to the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment) Rule, 1977.
Additionally, as per the amendment, government jobs will also allow for an extra column for ‘others’ when inviting for applications along with males and females. Moreover, the issued notification emphasises not discriminating against the members of the transgender community in the selection process for such jobs.
According to the notification, if there aren’t enough transgender members applying, the job will pass to males or females. Various advocates welcomed the move.
Still A Long Way To Go; But Applaudable Step Taken By The Karnataka Govt towards transgender community.
Jayna Kothari, a senior advocate, said the present amendment will help accommodate more members of the transgender community. Additionally, the transgender community is one of the most underprivileged communities in the country. However, Jayna, who had earlier submitted a petition in the court from ‘Jeeva NGO’, also did not forget to mention that there is still a long way to go. She added that the court must provide directions in providing more employment to the members.
An NGO named ‘Sangama’ had filed a PIL in the high court complaining about the denial of different government jobs. This was especially in the case of Bandsman posting. Chief Justice A.S.Oka headed the High Court divisional bench and responded to the PIL.
Additionally, responding to the question of Jayna Kothari, the court said that they will look into the matter if any petition comes their way with that respect. Moreover, they also noted that the step by the Karnataka government was applaudable.
The transgender community is one of the most ‘left-behind’ communities in the country. Hence, this move by the Karnataka government will help them to grow as a community. Additionally, the government has also laid a foundation for providing jobs for them. The different states in the country should also follow this. Inclusivity is the way forward in this world, and this move by the government tells it all.