Government has been working for empowering the backward transgender communities, said Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed.
The minister said this while addressing a meeting titled ‘SDGs: Inclusive Society’ at the office of the National Human Rights Commission in the capital on Sunday as the chief guest.The NHRC has organised the event to review the activities on the rights of the backward communities, especially transgender people, according to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Lawmaker Selima Ahmed and Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed were the guests of honour while NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque made the address of welcome.
Highlighting the government initiatives, Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman said: “The school goers transgender men and women get monthly stipend of Tk 700 at primary level while Tk 800 for secondary level. The stipend increases to Tk 1200 at college level as the youths from the community can move forwards”.
The government has been conducting a seven week long skill-based training programme for transgender ones as they can change their livelihood.
“We provided Tk 10,000 at a time for all trainees as financial assistant as they can take any initiative,” Nuruzzaman added.
While briefing the objective of the meeting, NHRC Chief Kazi Reazul Hoque said the government has drafted the Anti-Discrimination Law, however, the policy is yet to amend at parliament.Rezaul Hoque also urged the government to finalise the policy for sake of development of backward communities like transgender people who experience embarrass situation in the society.
Secretary Helal Uddin also informed that the transgender people now can participate in any level of election a contestant.
NHRC Deputy Director Rabiul Islam made a presentation on current scenario of backward communities in different countries comprising with Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Selima Ahmed, Birth and Death Registration Office Joint Secretary Muhammad Mesbahul Alam also spoke on the occasion.