Karnataka Government: Reservation to Transgenders in State services

The Karnataka Government has decided to provide 1 percent of vacancies to be filled in any services or post by the State government from among the transgender candidates in each category of General merit, SC,ST and in each of the OBC categories.

A memo filed before the Karnataka High Court, in which the State government informed that Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms has taken steps to amend the Karnataka Civil Services (General Recruitment) rules, 1977.

The memo was filed by the government during the hearing of a petition filed by Sangama, a society working for the upliftment of sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV.

The plea states that “The Hon’ble Supreme Court had recognised the legal rights of the third gender persons and held that they were fully entitled to Fundamental Rights under the Constitution and under International law.”

It is proposed to amend Rule 9, sub rule (1) (d) by issuing a notification dated May 13.The state government has also proposed an amendment to rule 16 of the said rules and the said amendment is also notified in the same notification dated May 13.

The impugned notification shows that the same is in contravention of rights of Transgender persons and the same affects the Constitutional and Fundamental Rights of the Transgender persons under Article 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution of India.

Recruitment is to be done for filling up vacancies of a total of 2672 posts including 2420 vacancies to the post of Special Reserve Constable Force and 252 Bandsmen posts is to be done.

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