THE Telangana High Court on April 27 directed the State government to provide the transgender community with free medicines as well as food grains, consumable items free of cost and without insisting on a ration card / white card etc. in the wake of Covid19 pandemic.
In addition, a division bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy also asked the state government to inform the court on the following information:
- Number of transgender living in the major cities of the State
- The concrete steps being taken by the state government for ensuring that the members of the transgender community have ready availability of food grains, consumable items, and medicines as per their need and requirements
- Number of NGOs with which the government is coordinating in order to ensure that all the essential commodities do reach the transgender community.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighted. It also asked the advocate general of the State to submit a report on the following information on or before May 08, 2020. Next date of hearing has been fixed for May 11.
Read the Order here: