A delegation of transgenders met Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal to ask for his support in The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016. The bill has been passed in Lok Sabha and will go Rajya Sabha now, to be reviewed. Kejriwal assured the delegation that Aam Admi Party shares their concerns on the bill.
The Narendra Modi Government proposed some changes in the bill, which the Transgenders delegation is not happy with. The bill was first moved by a private member by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva in the Rajya Sabha in 2015. This became the first private member's bill to be passed in the upper House of the Parliament in 45 years.
After the passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha, the Modi Government proposed some changes in the bill, which is passed in Lok Sabha on December 17, 2018. BJP boasts a majority in the Lok Sabha, hence was able to pass the bill on its own.
The changes made by the Modi Govt is heavily criticised by the Transgenders Community.
The delegation talked to Arvind Kejriwal on the bill and complained that the changes made by the Modi Govt change the basic purpose of the bill. Among other issues, they also have a problem with the definition of Trangenders mentioned in the bill.
They complained that the draft made by Central Govt doesn't comply with the Supreme Court verdict in 2014 in the NALSA case, as the draft doesn’t secure any reservations for transgenders.
Arvind Kejriwal assured them that the Aam Admi Party MPs will back them in the parliament when the bill will be under review.