Directions to Implead Transgender association given by Supreme Court with regard to equal employment opportunity.

On 12th March, the Supreme Court gave directions to implead the transgender associations within 2 weeks. The bench consisted of CJI SA Bobde and Justice Bopanna. The petition was seeking equal employment opportunity.

The PIL wanted the Central Government to give equal employment opportunity to transgender and prevent discrimination against any such person relating to an employment issue.Also, the plea of Advocate Reepak Kansal was based on giving the equal opportunity to the third gender in recruitment to the post of IB ACIO – Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (Grade 2/ executive).

The court gave directions to the petitioner to file an application. Also, it held to implead the transgender association within 2 weeks.

The plea in the present case also referred to the landmark judgment of Re: NALSA v. Union of India. In this case, the court had recognized the third gender’s rights in the field of education and employment. The plea in this case seeks that the notification given for direct recruitment of male and female, is violative of their fundamental rights and it also contravenes the Supreme Court’s stand in previous cases.

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