Transgender Community in Odisha to get Pension Benefits

As the whole world celebrates Pride Month, the Odisha government has come up with more good news for the transgender community. The LGBTQ community will now get pension benefits under the social welfare scheme – Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY).

The decision has been approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, informed Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Minister, Ashok Panda. Patnaik has also ordered to provide an additional sum of Rs 1000 to Madhu Babu Pensioners as COVID financial assistance.

They can avail of their entitled pension after registering on the official website of MBPY and applying via the given form. The pension, ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 900, will be provided to them as per their age group. Around 48 lakh people in the state will benefit from this scheme.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state government had earlier paid four months pension in advance to the beneficiaries for April, May, June, and July.

“This Rs 1000 is an extra aid given to the beneficiaries under the scheme. After the July month ends, the CM will decide on further advance payment of pension to the beneficiaries”, said Panda.

“It was our long-standing demand before the State government for inclusion under various pension schemes. I would like to thank CM Naveen Patnaik for fulfilling the promises he had made. It will certainly help our community to join the mainstream of society and lead a dignified life”, said Meera Parida, president of All Odisha Kinnar Mahasangh.

The decision to include the transgender community was one of BJD’s prime manifestos for the 2019 elections. Adding them to the scheme would benefit around 6000 persons of the transgender community.

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