Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'Constitute Social Welfare Board for Transgenders'

Ashodaya Samithi, an organisation involved in the welfare and rehabilitation of sex workers, including transgenders and homosexuals, has urged Karnataka government for the establishment of a Social Welfare Board for Transgenders on the lines of Tamil Nadu State.

Speaking to Express, after the inauguration of one day workshop on 'Empowerment of Sexual Minorities' here on Friday, Transgender Sundari said that its high time the government should think of constituting Welfare Board in state.

“To lessen the serious problems faced by transgender, the Tamil Nadu government has constituted a separate welfare board for transgenders. In the same, the Karnataka Government should constitute the Board, considering the welfare of transgenders. Lakhs of transgenders across state will be benefited with the constitution of Board,” added Sundari.

Ashodaya Samithi Programme Officer Fathima Mery said: “Establishment of welfare board will help sexual minorities in large. Apart from housing, education, health facilities, its helps them to come to the mainstream of society socially, economically and politically.”

Further narrating the problems faced by the transgender in society,
Sex Worker Girija said that society should consider sex workers one among them, and understand their agonies.

Transgender Pranathi Prakash said that with the mistakes committed by a countable number of people in the community, the entire community people are targeted and pulled back. “Our request for society is to identify our talent, skills and encourage. Many of us are well educated and have involved ourselves in various social welfare activities,” he added. While, some of the transgenders opposed depicting transgenders as jokers in movies, and serial programmes and making fun.

The Samithi consisting of more than 12,000 members from Mandya, Mysore, Kodagu, Chikkmanagalore is planning to extend its wing and unite sex workers, transgenders, homosexuals at Udupi, Hassan, Chamarajanagar and Mangalore.


Ashodaya Samithi seeks sign and signature authority

Ashodaya Samithi has urged government to provide sign and signature authority to certify the gender of members. Samithi Member Sundari said that the transgenders face inconvenience to go to doctor to certify the gender and are deprived of various government schemes.

“Under Mythri scheme a monthly pension of Rs 500 will be paid. But, majority of them are legging behind to enroll under the scheme feeling inconvenience to undergo body checkup. If the government provides authority for the Samithi, the members can approach the Samithi easily and can obtain the certificates,” opined Sundari.

About 40 beneficiaries from last eight months are waiting to certify their gender. Its high time the government should provide the authority to Ashodaya Samithi, which is involved in welfare of sexual minorities from years together. The authority has been given for three organisation  in Bangalore, added Pranathi.

Speaking after the inauguration of workshop on 'Empowerment of Sexual Minorities' at CIIL on Friday, he further said that transgenders are even discriminated in job.

Transgender Sundari said that 'government has ordered to issue ration card for only those have home. But, its difficult to find house for the sake of ration card. Considering the address of Ashodaya Samithi, the government should issue the ration card.'

Speaking on the occasion, DC Shikha assured sexual minorities of solving the obstacles in the implementation of Mythri and other government schemes, including loan facility.
She further said the aim of the workshop is to create awareness and sensitise officers about requirements of Sexual minorities, concerned with society.

MMC&RI Psychiatry Department Head Prof BN Raveesh delivering talk on Transgenders: Psychosocial Perspective said that by birth everyone will be girl, whereas the variation of Y Chromosomes with the growth of child differentiates the gender.

Stating discrimination is existing from dates back, he explained in details about the problems faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). A power point presentation on a person undergoing sex change was screened on the occasion.

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