Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday promised a delegation of transgenders that he would consider their demands including Rs 400 pension and medical facilities.
He told reporters he would direct the Social Welfare department to consider their demands.
The delegation wanted the government to include their names in voters list, provide houses to them, grant loans for self-employment ventures, besides granting pension and medical facilities.
Former minister Shobha Karandlaje, who has been fighting for the cause of sexual minorities, led the delegation.
Yeddyurappa admitted that the state faced power shortage due to the monsoon playing traunt and low water storage level in hydel reservoirs.
He said efforts were on to tide over the energy crisis.
Yeddyurappa, whose efforts to fill two vacant ministerial berths has been shot down by BJP high command,evaded a reply on the issue saying "ministry expansion is not on cards for now."
Yeddyurappa has been reportedly trying to re-induct Shobha Karandlaje whom he had to sacrifice last year to quell dissidence by Reddy brothers--Ministers Janardhana and Karunakara.
Two days ago he made a vain bid to convince his party high command leaders including BJP President Nitin Gadkari to permit him to go in for ministry expansion.
Yeddyurappa said there was no proposal to shift the Health University from Ramanagara to Bangalore.
He appealed to JDS leaders to call off their August 19 bandh to protest against shifting of the university.