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India’s first transgender principal of a college, Manobi Bandopadhyay, will now hold a key post in the third gender welfare board in West Bengal. The state government has appointed Manobi as the vice-chairman of the State’s Transgender Development Board.


The 13-member panel will be led by Sashi Panja, Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare. Transgender activists, NGOs working with the community and two officials from the minister’s department will form the committee.


Manabi, who recently took over as principal of Krishnanagar Women’s College, will have her first meeting with Panja on June 11.


Issues related to sex reassignment surgery (SRS) will be one of the priorities of the committee. “We’ve spoken to a team of doctors so that SRS can be started in all government hospitals. Carrying out census of the community, issuing ID cards and starting reservations, as laid down by the Supreme Court, are on the cards,” claimed Panja.


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