Karnataka Police Constable Recruitment
The process of recruitment of constables has started to fill 3,484 posts in the Karnataka Armed Forces. For the first time in the state, 79 posts have been reserved for ‘Male Third Gender’.
For the first time for the state, the Government of Karnataka has announced reservation for ‘Male Third Gender’ in recruitment in the State Armed Forces. State Home Minister Araga Gyanendra on Tuesday said that the process of recruiting constables to fill up 3,484 posts in the Karnataka Armed Forces has begun. “For the first time in the state, 79 posts have been reserved for ‘male third gender’. At the same time, transgender activists lauded the move to provide quota.
Last date for submission
Minister Gyanendra said that out of the total vacancies, 420 posts have been reserved for candidates from ‘Kalyan Karnataka’ region or the erstwhile Hyderabad-Karnataka region, out of which 11 are for ‘male’ third gender. Gyanendra said that 3,064 posts will be recruited in the rest of Karnataka, out of which 68 are reserved for ‘male’ third gender. He said that the recruitment will be done in the most transparent manner and the last date for submission of online forms for this is October 31.
Initiative is welcome, but ‘male’ third gender no third gender
Akkai Padmashali, founder of Ondeday, who works for the welfare of transgenders and transgenders, said that I welcome this decision. Activist Padmashali said that as per the announcement, the initiative to mainstream third gender is welcome, but ‘male’ third gender is not a third gender. He said that I understand from their (government) point of view that perhaps, they are talking of ‘female to male transgender male’.
Demand to set up Transgender Welfare Board
Regarding the plight of transgenders, Padmashali said that even if one wants to join the police department, it requires certain qualifications. Most of us here are transgender illiterate and have dropped out of school – not even passing class 10th, forget college degrees. There are many nuances behind this. Padmashali pointed out that there is also a need to understand the various “diversity of cultural identities and existences” within the transgender community such as ‘jogappa’, ‘marla’, ‘jogta’, ‘shakti’ and ‘akka’. The activist also appealed to the government to conduct an ‘immediate survey’ to better understand the community and set up a ‘Transgender Welfare Board’ to promote their well-being.