STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar on Tuesday directed State to file the latest status report regarding the compliance of the directions made by the Supreme Court about transgender community, within a period of four weeks from today. The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed to provide constitutional rights and ensure welfare of transgender community of the J&K State. When the PIL came-up for hearing, the DB observed that in terms of last orders passed by this Court, the State Government was given time to place on record the finalisation of policy regarding trans-genders. However, such effort was aborted on account of inability of petitioners to travel to Jammu for the meeting on account of delayed receipt of the information and also the barriers on account of weather. DB further observed that this Court informed that Secretary to Government, Social Welfare Department, J&K, has been nominated as Chairman and is presiding over the meeting. DB ordered that in order to avoid any confusion, the meeting shall be held on February 20, 2019 at 12.00 noon and in case the petitioners or representative of the petitioners are unable to travel to Jammu, the Secretary, Social Welfare Department, J&K, shall facilitate the meeting through Skype / Video Conferencing or any other electronic mode. “It is informed that the petitioners have made grievances that the respondents have not implemented the pending directions of the Supreme Court in case titled National Legal Services Authority versus Union of India and others”, the DB observed and sought the status report.
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