Kochi Metro to employ transgenders

Published: 06th July 2016 05:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2016 05:43 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has decided to provide jobs to members of the transgender community living in the city, as part of the initiatives to rehabilitate them. The decision came after City Police Commissioner M P Dinesh held talks with KMRL managing director Elias George, for alleviating the plights of the transgender community.

Kochi.jpgAccording to data available with the City Police, there are 128 persons belonging to the transgender community living in Kochi.On Monday, members of the community had taken out a march in protest against the alleged police atrocities, indicating that unemployment was the primary issue faced by them.

“A detailed report in this regard will be submitted before the KMRL soon, after holding talks with functionaries of transgenders’ associations,” stated an official release from the City Police.According to Kochi Metro Rail Limited officials, transgenders  will be absorbed in the ‘Operation and Maintenance’ activities of the Kochi Metro, with assistance of the Kudumbashree Mission.Meanwhile, Health Minister K K Shylaja said the government was looking into the proposal to set up special toilets for transgenders.


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