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Kerala: Kochi Metro Grants Job Opportunities for Transgenders

Not only a policy for transgenders, Kerala has more to offer. Kochi Metro Rail has ensured job opportunities for transgenders.

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  • Kerala became the second state in India to acknowledge transgender rights and formulate a governmental policy for them
  • As mentioned in the Supreme Court Judgement, the policy recognises the rights of the transgenders to identify themselves as male, female or intersex
  • It ensures their right to social, economic and cultural opportunities

Life has always been harsh for the India’s third gender. Be it looking for a job or home, it has never come easy. These people are sidelined from the society for a reason that they are not responsible for- physical appearance! As a result, their life becomes miserable and they do not find a way to live it any better.

After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk
After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk

Following the footsteps of Odisha government, Kerala became the second state to have a policy for transgenders. Last year, in 2015, they released a governmental policy which stated that the transgender people have the right to the following:

  • Identify themselves as male, female or intersex as per their reality
  • Avail all the social, economic and cultural opportunities and resources
  • Equal employment opportunities as everyone else and pension for those above 60 years
  • To live a life without violence

Additionally, the government aims to set up a Transgender Justice Board which would be headed by the Minister of Social Justice, Kerala.

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There is heavy discrimination between transgenders and other genders. They are maltreated by people and their rights are barely acknowledged properly. They are not given medical care or pension schemes. So, Kerala Government and the Metro Rail Corporation has decided to give them employment opportunities, reported thebetterindia.com.

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“Transgenders face a lot of difficulties. They are forced into undesirable occupations. So as an experiment we have developed an idea to rehabilitate them. Under Kudumbasree itself, we have planned to employ transgenders in Kochi metro. We know that our experiment will be a success… Kochi metro will be a venue for many experiments. So first we decided to make use of Kudumbasree, women self-help groups in many operation sections. Unlike other metros, Kochi metro will have more women employees, it will be a woman run metro,” Alias George, Kochi Metro Rail Managing Director, has said in a recent KMMRL Facebook post.

Thus, Kerala has not only promised the transgenders a better world but are actually working to achieve that end.

-prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    It’s good that transgenders are given the job opportunities. They will soon get equal status like any other citizens in India.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Kerala has always surprised us with its policies. Really great to know this. This policy should be applied in States like Maharashtra too

  • Aparna Gupta

    It’s good that transgenders are given the job opportunities. They will soon get equal status like any other citizens in India.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Kerala has always surprised us with its policies. Really great to know this. This policy should be applied in States like Maharashtra too

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Infosys Donates Rs 2.50cr To A Hospital in Kerala

Infosys donates Rs 2.50cr to Kerala hospital

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Infosys donates Rs 2.50cr to Kerala hospital.
Infosys donates Rs 2.50cr to Kerala hospital. (Wikimedia Commons)

Tech major Infosys has donated Rs 2.50 crore to the Neurosurgery Department of the state-run Medical College hospital, here.

The money was used to install a brand new neurosurgery dedicated operating microscope, replacing a two decade old one.

Speaking to IANS, P. Anil, Head of Department Neurosurgery, said that Infosys answered to a request he had made in 2017.

“I took a chance and I wrote to Infosys if they can come to our help. It was an year back. Soon they responded and after they undertook a brief study of our activities, they decided to help us,” he added.

“In between there were some issues with regards to GST but finally the equipment has been installed. We have already put it to use in the first case, a few days back,” said Anil.

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Anil said the new piece of device has come as a huge boon to the patients who mostly come from poor background.

The Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital has the most crowded casualty department with accident cases coming for expert and quick treatment.

Speaking to IANS, Sunil Jose, a top official attached to the Infosys unit here, said their company always has set aside money as part of the corporate social responsibility programme.

“Our studies found out that the department provides yeomen services to accident victims and most of the patients came from the low and middle income category.

“In this microscope project, we started working on it as soon as we got the proposal from the Neurosurgery Department. We felt that they are doing a good job and sanctioned it,” said Jose.

Incidentally this is not the first time that Infosys have helped the hospital. They had built a sky walk connecting the major building after finding out that patients were being moved in stretchers through the road.  IANS