JODHPUR: The High Court of Rajasthan has requested the state government to provide a reservation for transgenders in state employment in line with the Supreme Court’s verdict on the matter.
A bench of Justices Madan Gopal Vyas and Manindra Mohan Shrivastava gave direction to the Rajasthan government rejecting its claim that it is the prerogative of the state to decide whether and to what extent to set aside jobs.
The Jodhpur Bench ordered the government to set quotas for transgenders in state jobs and determine other related terms within four months.
The high court delivered its judgment on a plea by a member of the transgender community aspiring to become a sub-inspector of police and having participated in the process of recruiting him.
Petitioner Ganga Kumari had addressed the court asking the government to provide adequate and effective transgender reservations as mandated by the Supreme Court verdict.
Arguing for his case, his lawyer Rituraj Singh Rathore told the court that the Supreme Court had given detailed instructions on the matter, but the Rajasthan government had not implemented them so far.
He pointed out in court that the Supreme Court, in its decision in the National Legal Services Authority case, considered transgender rights in terms of appointment to public service and admission to educational institutions. .
The Supreme Court had subsequently ordered the governments to take measures to treat them as a class of socially and educationally backward citizens and to extend to them all kinds of reservations in case of admission to educational institutions and for public appointments. .
Additional General Counsel Manish Vyas, however, argued that the reservation of anyone in government jobs and admission to educational institutions is a government prerogative, but the bench rejected his claims.