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Calcutta High Court orders 1 per cent reservation for transgender persons in public employment

Justice Rajasekhar Mantha passed the order in view of the Supreme Court’s 2014 judgment in the case of NALSA v Union of India.

In the NALSA case, the top court had called for the implementation of a host of welfare measures for transgender persons, including reservations in educational and employment opportunities for transgender candidates.

The High Court observed that in West Bengal, there was even a State policy from 2022 which called for the equal treatment of transgender persons in employment.

However, since the State government had yet to implement any reservation for transgender persons in employment, the High Court ordered the government to do the same.

“This Court … notes that in terms of paragraph 135 (3) in NLSA (supra), reservation has not yet made in the State for transgender persons. In those circumstances, this Court directs the Chief Secretary of the Government of West Bengal to ensure 1% reservation for the category of persons mentioned in the NLSA (supra) above, in all public employment in the State,” the June 14 order stated.

Source: Barandbench

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