Karnataka is the first state in India to provide 'transgender' community with reservation in all government services
Karnataka has become the first state in the country to provide a 1% reservation in all government services to the 'transgender' community. The government informed the High Court that a notification had already been issued after amending the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment) Rule, 1977.If no transgender candidates are available, the job may be given to a male or female from the same category, according to the notification. An NGO, 'Sangama,' filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court challenging the denial of job opportunities in the State Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsman postings. On Tuesday, the case was heard by a High Court Divisional Bench led by Chief Justice A.S. Oka.Vijay Kumar Patil, the government's public prosecutor, informed the Bench that the government has provided 1% horizontal reservation in government recruitments by amending the existing rule. Jayna Kothari, a senior advocate who also filed a petition on behalf of the 'Jeeva' NGO, argued that the current amendment allowed for third gender participation in government services. However, she emphasised that the court should issue directives to ensure job opportunities on various boards and corporations.
The High Court Divisional Bench told her that if she filed a separate petition in this regard, it would consider issuing directions to the government.