Rajya Sabha

December 4, 2019

Dr Santanu Sen asks a Question on data of transgenders in government job

Dr Santanu Sen asks a Question on data of transgenders in government job


Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has any data on the number and percentage of transgenders who applied for any Government job in last three years;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) if not, the reasons and by when Government is planning to collect such data;

(d) the total number of transgenders in Government jobs including Central and State Government jobs; and

(e) the details of increase in the number in the last three years, year-wise?


Sir, in reply to the Question related to the employment of transgenders, the hon’ble minister has agreed that the government of India does not have any such data.

Sir, my first Supplementary Question is, in his statement he mentioned about welfare of transgenders. Sir, in our State of West Bengal, in 2015, Mamata Bannerjee’s Government had formed for the first time in India ‘Transgender Development Board’ having its unique offiice at Salt Lake with unique transgender-freindly toilet.

May I request the hon’ble minister why can’t we accept the “West Bengal Transgender Welfare Board’ is a model for the rest of the Country?


As of now, all the transgenders have not been included in the census, and in the voter list, so far the Election Commission of India’s list is concerned. What steps is the government going to take to include all of them and to encourage them?