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Budget FY22: ARTICLE 19 lauds tax exemption move for third gender citizens

Finance minister also proposes tax rebate for employers with 10% or 100 third gender recruits

Update : 07 Jun 2021, 03:54 PM

ARTICLE 19 Bangladesh and South Asia, a UK-based human rights organization, has appreciated the government's initiative of special tax exemptions for the third gender citizens in the proposed budget for FY2021-22. 

Such initiative will help mainstream third gender people by increasing their employment opportunity, living standard with dignity and socioeconomic security, A19 said in a media release on Monday.

The organization said this initiative will enable them to play a progressive role in the country's economy and development. 

A19 welcomed the intention of increasing the tax-free income limit for third gender people and said such additions will remove the stereotype mind-set gradually from society. 

The organization said the society will consider them, as well as sex-binary people as part of the gross development of the country without considering their gender identity. 

Faruq Faisel, Regional Director of ARTICLE 19 Bangladesh and South Asia, said the budget has proposed special incentives to the private sector if they increase employment opportunity for the third gender population. 

"This initiative will increase employment opportunity for third gender persons in the private sector and change the social attitude towards them. Besides, these marginalized people will contribute to the productivity growth in the country and improve their living standard simultaneously," said Faisel.

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