Transgender JAC seeks jobs, reservations in politics

Transgender JAC seeks jobs, reservations in politics
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A Joint Action Committee (JAC) has been formed under the aegis of the Telangana Hijra and Transgenders Samithi here on Thursday, with an objective of fighting for transgender’ rights and seeking reservation in electoral politics.

Kazipet: A Joint Action Committee (JAC) has been formed under the aegis of the Telangana Hijra and Transgenders Samithi here on Thursday, with an objective of fighting for transgender’ rights and seeking reservation in electoral politics.

A State-level meeting of the samithi representatives took place on the premises of Bala Vikasa Social Service Society in Kazipet, for which five representatives each from 31 Telangana districts and the samithi office bearers have attended.

The samithi state president Laila speaking to presspersons informed that their major demands were recognising the transgender community as the third gender in accordance with the Supreme Court’s judgment in 2014, offering educational, employment opportunities and pension.

A Transgender Welfare Board must be established for the community welfare along with providing permanent houses to all the members of the community, the samithi leaders Laila, Sneha and others demanded.

There were about 62,000 recognised transgenders in the State while thousands of others were living without disclosing their identity. “We all want to be a part of the mainstream society and live a dignified life as we don’t want to beg for a living,” they said.

“There are many well educated members in the community. We took part actively in separate Telangana movement. We staged protests and hunger strikes, took out rallies for the cause. After the formation of the State, we celebrated in a grand manner,” Laila said.

‘The formation of Telangana has brought betterment in the lives of many communities. But we are forced to remain as beggars as we lacked proper employment and livelihood opportunities,’ the samithi leaders lamented.

The AP government was offering pensions and houses to the community members and promised to offer jobs and ration cards. Similarly, Telangana government led by the Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao, should also offer similar facilities and encourage the community members to participate in politics, they appealed. They asserted that series of programmes would be conducted until their demands were met.

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