In a major reform, the Maharashtra government has constituted a Transgender Welfare Board.
The Board will aim to provide formal education, employment opportunities, conduct health programmes and give legal help to the community.
It was said that Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole recently held a meeting in Mantralaya for the setting up of the transgender welfare board.
The Minister told media persons that transgender welfare board has been set up to take effective measures for the upliftment of the community and allow them to live with respect in society.
He said the TWB will give members of the community identity cards which will help them obtain education, adding that they would be given scholarships for Class X exams.
Eligible third gender students would be provided hostel accommodation under the Babasaheb Ambedkar Swadhar Scheme.
Under this scheme, Rs. 48000-60000 would be given as scholarship annually.