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Minister says steps being taken to facilitate transvestites

By Bureau report
June 07, 2016

PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said on Monday that the government had chalked out a comprehensive policy for the welfare of transgender community.

Speaking to a delegation of transvestites here at the office of deputy commissioner, he explained the government was working on a policy to provide employment opportunities and better health facilities to the community.

He added the upcoming budget for the year 2016-17 would introduce a fund for the financial assistance of transvestite community. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would give the transgender community a monthly stipend after determining their exact number of population in the province.

Mushtaq Ghani maintained that a committee comprising deputy commissioner, secretary Social Welfare, Secretary Technical Education and other officials would be constituted to devise policies for the transgender community in consultation with them.

He further said that a suggestion to register the transvestite community with social welfare department and constitution of an endowment fund for them was also being under consideration.

He assured the delegation that free of cost treatment and private rooms would be provided to them in all government hospital of the province, while alternate employment opportunities would also be explored.

Meanwhile, the special assistant to the chief minister also visited Peshawar Press Club. He vowed that the provincial government would never stay behind in the welfare of journalists’ community.