Karnataka is first Indian state to reserve govt jobs for transgenders, gives them 1% quota

Karnataka has become the first Indian state to set aside government jobs for transgenders by giving the community 1 percent reservation. The quota will be applicable to transgender candidates in all categories—general, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.

The state government recently submitted a report to the Karnataka High Court, saying a notification had already been issued after amending the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment) Rule, 1977.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj was informed that amendments have been made to the Karnataka Civil Services General Recruitment (Rules), 1977 for effecting the reservation.

The Court was hearing a plea seeking horizontal reservation for transgender persons in public employment.

Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari appearing for the intervenor, said
“This is the first State in the country which implemented and provided reservations to transgenders. Really a very important development…..My learned friend, Vijaya Kumar Patil….we have to congratulate my friend for pushing this.”

Vijaya Kumar Patil replied
“All because of the directions of this Court,”

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