The Patna High Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar on September 9th asked the State Government to think about enhancing the economic support to the members of the transgender community, “who at this point in time, are suffering acute hardship, more so on account of the nature of activity to which they are engaged.”
The Court observed that, “For economic sustenance, noticeably at this point of time, the Government is extending financial support to Rs.1500/- per person, perhaps, which amount should be increased considering the total members of the transgender community in Bihar not more than 40,000” in this case of Veera Yadav v. Government of Bihar & Ors. CWJC No. 5627/2020.
It may be noted that on the request of the Court, for verification as to whether information with regards to the setting up of Covid-19 Helpline for Transgenders was functional or not, as pleaded in the counter affidavit filed on behalf of Respondent No. 5, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Addl. Solicitor General made a telephone call on Helpline No. 7016139648.
The matter is posted for further hearing on 21.09.2020.