The All Assam Transgender Association (AATA) will soon move the Gauhati High Court over the memorandum of association regarding the State Transgender Welfare Board.
The Assam government has formulated a memorandum of association regarding the State Transgender Welfare Board.
The Social Welfare department constituted the State Transgender Welfare Board as per the State policy on transgender approved by the State Cabinet.
Transgender activist Swati Bidhan Barua, who is set to challenge the memorandum of association on behalf of AATA, said implementation of the same will turn the State Transgender Welfare Board into a toothless tiger.
He said it will have no power to take any step for welfare of the transgender community.
Barua said AATA will also move the government to transfer officials of the social welfare department who harbour biases against transgenders.
“Assam’s State policy on transgender is very progressive and it was appreciated by activists from across the country. But, implementation of the present memorandum of association will not fulfil the main objective of the policy. We want a powerful State Transgender Welfare Board, so that in case of emergency it could take all kind of necessary steps,” Barua said.