In a first, Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala announced a pension scheme for transgenders above 60 years of age.
The move was welcomed by the 25,000-member transgender community in the state. “Shooed away from everywhere, this will give us some respectability,” Shyma, a transgender from Kochi, told HT.
While presenting its first budget, the finance minister TM Thomas Isaac said that the scheme would be introduced from this year.
“The LDF government is committed to protect the rights of all, including those in the transgender community,” the minister said.
Last week, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) decided to offer jobs in housekeeping, customer care and crowd management sections to transgenders.