The Third Gender is now official in India: The third gender is now a recognized gender as apart of the Indian society across most areas officially on application forms. The Indian railways are the latest to add this option to their reservation forms and here are some important details about this issue.
In the Indian Railway Ticket Reservation forms, they now include the “transgender/third gender” option among the gender options now. This is a judgment rendered by the Supreme court in the case of NALSA v. The Union of India. The Railway ministry has now started in its circular, ‘Supreme Court has now directed that Hijras, Eunuchs apart from binary gender be treated as the third gender for the purpose of the safeguarding of their rights under the part III of our constitution and the laws made by the parliament and the State legislature.
Transgender option Included in railway reservations to Insurance forms :
It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form by the central government orders. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare system on the government centers.”The following rules are implemented in such centers as follows.
In this year of month February, the LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India) had announced that it had included the third gender option in its proposal forms earlier and this was a historic move as LIC holds the 70% of the Insurance market share in India. The Financial planner and LIC agent ‘Poonam Rangta’ told to the better India that “The move is also a reflection of the changes in society and income profile of the transgender community. Over the years, their sources of livelihood have broadened, boosting their income, which is one of the key considerations for buying life insurance,”
In the year 2015 the RBI directed all the banks to include the third gender option in all their forms and applications and the RBI notification can be read as “It has been brought to our notice that transgender people face difficulties in opening accounts as there is no provision for them in the account opening and other forms. Banks are, therefore, directed to include ‘third gender’ in all forms/applications etc. prescribed by the Reserve Bank or the banks themselves, wherein any gender classification is envisaged.”
The third option of “other” has also been included in the Ration Cards and this is a battle to many transgenders who had done to the court to obtain their rights.
The third gender was included as a gender option on Indian passports in 2005. Passport applications have the options of M (male), F (female) and E (eunuch).