The government has proposed tax rebate for the employers of members from the third gender community in the country to ensure their inclusion in the mainstream of the society.
While delivering the budget speech, Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed special tax incentives with a view to providing employment and ensuring rise in living standards and social and economic integration of the members of the third gender.
Kamal said, “Provision of tax rebate amounting to 75 percent of the total salary paid to the workers from the third gender or 5 percent of payable tax, whichever is lower, to the employers who will employ 10 percent of their total work force or more than 100 workers of the third gender, has been placed for approval in parliament.”
He also made a proposal of introducing a special provision to fix the tax-free ceiling at Tk 3, 50,000 for this community.
“Compared to others, the third gender community is lagging behind in socio-economic standards and left outside the mainstream society. Social inclusion can be ensured by involving active people of this community into production- oriented occupation,” Finance Minister added.
Former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Huq said, “This is the good news for the most neglected community of the country because none wants to employ them in work. Even, house owners don’t rent out their houses to them and people refuse to attend their funeral.”
“When I was the chairman of Human Rights Commission, many businessmen assured me of employing the third gender people but did not. This time they may employ the third gender people being attracted by the tax rebate,” he added.
Kazi Reazul urged the government to take more steps like providing them Small and medium-sized enterprises loan.