'Transgenders are the by-birth citizens of the country so their legitimate rights must be protected with collective efforts. The mainstream society should take responsibility of freeing them from their long- lasting curse of toll collection'
Some 556 transgenders were given allowances worth around Tk 3.34 lakh in all eight districts under the Rajshahi division in the last 2018-19 fiscal year.
Department of Social Services (DSS) disbursed the allowance aiming at improving their living and livelihood conditions alongside bringing them into the mainstream.
Mozammel Haque, Member of National Social Welfare Council and Retired Deputy Director of DSS, revealed this while presiding over a meeting related to the welfare of the ransgender people on Wednesday.
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 the 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 vital means of mainstreaming the transgender population through proper rehabilitation.
“Transgenders are the by-birth citizens of the country so their legitimate rights must be protected with collective efforts. The mainstream society should take 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 by ensuring 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 positive towards solving all the existing problems of the Hijra community. She urged the advantaged people to change their attitude toward the transgenders and demanded quota for them in the education and job sectors.