As reported earlier, the West Bengal Government had taken special initiatives to upgrade status of the highly marginalized and vulnerable transgenders who are lagging behind on human development indices mainly in the areas of education and employment.
The state’s plan included rehabilitation and welfare of the transgender community, and sensitization and awareness programmes involving all stakeholders, including the police, to tackle the community’s medical problems, educational facilities and security challenges.
In June this year, Manabi Bandopadhyay’s appointment as the Principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in Nadia district of West Bengal was welcomed and celebrated by the International community. As scroll reports, the sight of teachers and students lined up to welcome her with sweets and gifts was a major contrast to the hostility that had greeted her in her first job.Recently, the West Bengal government has taken a step further to improve the social and economic conditions of its transgender community. It has asked the Kolkata Police to empower the community by recruiting transgenders into the Civic Police Volunteer Force (CPVC).
We welcome the changes proposed by the West Bengal government, and hope other states do the same.
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