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Kerala Hikes Allowance to Transgenders for Sex-change Surgeries to Rs 5 Lakh

File photo of Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja. (Credit: ANI/Twitter)

File photo of Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja. (Credit: ANI/Twitter)

Kerala was the first state to formulate a transgender policy. It has come up with special schemes for transgenders in social welfare and education fields.

The Kerala government on Monday said it had enhanced the allowance given to transgenders for sex-change surgeries and set aside Rs 50 lakh for the purpose. Health Minister KK Shailaja said hitherto the amount was Rs 2 lakh for each beneficiary.

"For those who want to undergo surgery to become males, a maximum of Rs 2 lakh was given. But due to the number of surgeries and mounting expenses involved, this amount has now been increased to Rs 5 lakh. Likewise, those who want to undergo corrective surgery to become females, the amount has been fixed at Rs 2.50 lakh," said Shailaja.

Kerala was the first state to formulate a transgender policy. It has come up with special schemes for transgenders in social welfare and education fields.

first published:September 21, 2020, 17:12 IST