Bhubaneswar: In extremely good news for the transgender community, they have been included under the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana. The decision was taken under the orders of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Odisha Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Ashok Chandra Panda shared the good news. Panda added that the transgenders can apply for the pension directly on the website or via forms. Based on their age, they could receive Rs 500-900 per month.
With this new addition to the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana, over 7000 transgenders will be benefitted.
Additionally, the beneficiaries under the program will another instalment of Rs 1000. Funds have been allocated and the amount will be released very soon, added the minister. Around 48 lakh people of the State will be benefitted.
The objective of the said scheme is to provide financial assistance to the destitute elderly and destitute differently-abled persons in the State. It was launched by CM Naveen Patnaik in 2008.