JAIPUR: The state government has decided to reserve 2% houses for transgenders in all the housing schemes to be launched by Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB), development authorities and urban improvement trusts (UITs).

The notification was released by the Urban Development and Housing (UDH ) department on Monday, to reserve houses for transgenders whose income is less than Rs 12 lakh per annum.

The UDH department has also amended the Urban Land Disposal Rules, 1974 to make provision for 2% reservation for transgenders in housing schemes that will be launched on government land.

An official at UDH told TOI, “The department received a proposal in 2017 from the transgender community. After amending the rules, the provision of reservation was made for them. Earlier, reservation was also made in housing schemes for the differently abled.”

Other than this, the department has also complied the allotments done at concessional rates in the last six-month tenure of the BJP government. Sources at the department said, across the state there were 56 land allotments made on concessional rates.

Earlier, directions were issued to the development authorities, urban improvement trusts (UITs) and Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) by the minister to prepare a list mentioning the size of the land and date on which these plots were allotted.

As allotment at concessional rates to public and charitable institutions is considered as “primary attempt” to woo a particular section of voters or certain influential sections, the Congress government will carry out a scrutiny of such land deals.

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