The upcoming ‘Kochi Metro’, which is expected to become functional by 2017, would offer jobs to transgenders.
According to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) officials, jobs in housekeeping, customer care and crowd management sections will be offered to the transgenders.
KMRL officials also disclosed that the decision to employ them was taken by the top management after a suggestion made by the Kochi city police.
This will be for the first time that a metro rail body will employee transgenders.
Transgenders usually find it difficult to get jobs in mainstream job market and are often shunned with regards to jobs that involve meeting public.
The KMRL made it clear that the transgenders employed would not be part the KMRL staff, but rather part of the system. KMRL had earlier decided to hand over theses departments to women under ‘Kudumbasree project’ (a poverty eradication project of government), but have now asked the Kudumbasree women to include a group of transgenders as well.
The transgenders that are selected would first be screened by police, and then trained by Kudumbasree women.
It would only be after their training that they would be included into the metro rail’s system. At present the Kochi city police have a registry of just 120-odd transgenders in the state.