Dhaka, Bangladesh
556 transgender get Tk 3.34 lakh allowance in Rajshahi division

556 transgender get Tk 3.34 lakh allowance in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI, July 19: Some 556 transgender people were given allowance worth around Taka 3.34 lakh in all eight districts under Rajshahi division in last 2018-19 fiscal year. Department of Social Services (DSS) disbursed the allowance aims at improving their living and livelihood condition side by side with mainstreaming them. Mozammel Haque, Member of National Social Welfare Council and Retired Deputy Director of DSS, revealed this while presiding over a meeting related to welfare of the transgender people here recently. Diner Alo Hijra Sangha (DAHS), a non-government body working for welfare of the socially excluded population, organized the meeting with members of its advisory and executive committees at SK Food Restaurant discussing and devising ways and means of how to attain the cherished goal. Shaheen Akhter Rainy, Vice-president of Rajshahi city unit of Bangladesh Awami League and adviser of DAHS, who addressed the meeting as chief guest, said concerted efforts of all government and non-government entities concerned can be the vital means of mainstreaming the transgender population through their proper rehabilitation, reports BSS. "Transgender people are the by-born citizens of the country so their legitimate rights must be protected with collective efforts. The mainstreamed society should take the responsibility of freeing them from their long-lasting curse of toll collection," she added. Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbrul Hassan Millat, General Secretary of Businessmen Coordination Council Sekendar Ali, Director of Barendra Unnayan Prochesta Foyzullah Chowdhury, DAHS President Mohona and its General Secretary Sagarika Khan also spoke. DAHS Adviser Mozammel Haque presided over the meeting. Shaheen Akhter says the present government has given recognition to the transgender population as third gender community side by side with ensuring the voting rights to them. With this breakthrough, the population can avail all the public sector legal privileges, she added. She said the present government is very much positive towards solving all the existing problems of the Hijra community. She urged the advantaged people to change their attitude toward the transgender people and demanded quota for them in education and job sectors.

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