Another victory for the transgender community in Karnataka occurred, when on Tuesday, in a meeting with Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj, the Mayor promised them that the BBMP would fulfil all their demands.
The community, only this October, got a much-required reservation at all levels of formal education across the state, a move that got approved by the cabinet, reviewing the Karnataka State Policy on Transgenders, a policy that also defines, identifies and certifies the rights of transgenders living in the state.
Transgenders are not strangers to sexual discrimination, social discrimination and insults, leading to insecurity, anxiety and suicidal behaviours.
During the meeting with Mayor Sampath Raj, he assured them that he would write a letter to the Housing Minister and the Chief Minister of Karnataka, requesting them to consider the application of the community to include them in various housing schemes.
A letter would also be written to consider the application of transgenders for BDA sites.
Quoted in the Bangalore Mirror, the Mayor says, “The BBMP has allotted Rs 2 crore for the transgender community in the city, but it has not been spent yet. Thus the applications for the loans from the transgender community will be invited, and the BBMP will soon approve the loan application from the community”, adding “There are many people who are deprived of social opportunities. I have also requested BMTC officials to consider their applications in BMTC bus passes, to which the officials have agreed. Thus they will also be getting bus passes now.”
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