Odisha is first in the country to give transgender people social welfare benefits – such as a pension, housing and food grains – usually allocated for only the most impoverished. This move seeks to give the transgender community in the state same benefits as those living below the poverty line (BPL) in order to improve their overall social and economic status.
Members of the transgender community will be given BPL cards that will allow them to access benefits under various government welfare programmes. Henceforth they will get benefits such as free housing, pensions loans to start up their own businesses and 100 days of paid work annually. They would also be entitled 5 kg of food grains every month under National Food Security Act.
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1. Odisha becomes ______ state to give social welfare benefits to transgender community.