The Government of Orissa has introduced a policy of giving equal opportunity to transgender persons in all the offices of the Nodal Department for such persons in the State.
In a statement issued by the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD), an Complaints Officer should be appointed to resolve transgender grievances within 15 days from the date of receipt of such complaints.
The nodal agency said in a statement that the department head would take action on the investigation report within fifteen days of the complaint officer’s submission.
The policy was announced in accordance with the rules established under the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, and the Act.
“The government will provide equal employment opportunities in all its offices, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, color, disability, marital status, nationality, race or religion,” the statement said.
The new policy will ensure that the work environment is non-discriminatory against transgender people.
Any employee who violates this policy will be prosecuted under the terms and conditions set forth in the Terms of Service.
To ensure a conducive environment for transgender people, the SSEPD department will develop systems and processes to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of any one position, training, promotion and transfer post position.
In June this year, the Odisha Police Recruitment Board allowed transgender people to apply for the post of Sub-Inspector.
Officials said 26 transgender people had submitted online applications for 477 vacancies.