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ADDED ON: 12/26/2020

Bihar mulls over raising transgender battalion

12/26/2020 | The Times of India

If all goes right, Bihar would soon become the first state in the country to have a separate police battalion of transgenders. Till now, the state government doesn’t have specific or separate policy on recruitment of transgenders in police service. There are over 40,000 transgenders abover 18 years in Bihar. When asked, additional chief secretary (home) Amir Subhani told TOI over phone on Friday that the state government was looking into the matter of raising a dedicated battalion of transgenders in state police. “It would be premature to disclose details, but the matter is under the state government’s consideration,” he said. ADG (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said no transgender has even been recruited in Bihar police till now. “Discussion is going on at government level to raise a battalion for them. Once the government gives its nod, things would be finalized regarding criteria for selection and other technical aspects for their recruitment,” he added. The revolutionary move comes after a petition was filed by one Veera Yadav in the Patna high court urging it to direct the authorities concerned for allowing transgender people to take part in the recruitment process in recruitment of around 8000 constables in state police. Option of only ‘male’ and ‘female’ was available for applying online for the recruitment process. A senior home department officer, preferring anonymity, said several meetings had been held by higher authorities on the matter in the last one week to discuss various issues related to forming a policy on recruiting transgenders in state police. “The general administration department would form a policy on the matter. After consent from authorities, file would be put up before state cabinet for its approval which will give entire issue concrete shape paving way for entry of transgender in state police,” the officer added.

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