HC Seeks State’s Response to Petition Requesting Transgender Reservation | Bombay News
Although she belongs to the OBC category, she was not allowed to apply under the OBC quota because she is transgender and was invited to apply under the open category.
Mumbai The Bombay High Court (HC) has called on the state government to respond to a petition seeking reservations for the transgender community from the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MAHATRANSCO), which posted an advertisement on May 4 for fill 170 engineering assistant positions.
The divisional bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Amjad Sayed was hearing a motion filed by Vinayak Kashid, 30, who is transgender. HQ was informed that after MAHATRANSCO issued the recruitment notice, Vinayak applied for the position.
However, although there is vertical reservation for candidates from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) and horizontal reservation for the weaker sections of society, it does not found no reservations for trans people. Although she belongs to the OBC category, she was not allowed to apply under the OBC quota because she is transgender and was invited to apply under the open category.
The petition states that she attempted to contact the relevant authorities at MAHATRANSCO because the Supreme Court had already ordered reservations for trans people. However, she moved the high court as she got no response from the power company.
She asked the authorities concerned to reserve trans people for the positions advertised by MAHATRANSCO and to suspend the recruitment process until the request is decided.
After hearing the initial submissions, the bench issued a notice to the company and the state government and ordered them to respond to the petition. HC has now posted the petition for a rehearing in July.