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Kolkata: In a bid to mainstream members of the transgender community, officials at the R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital here are mulling separate health check-up spaces for them.

transgender_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0“The planning is at a very initial stage. Cabins will be designated for the third gender and special teams comprising counsellors, psychiatrists, nurses and other health personnel,” Prabir Kr. Mukherjee, medical superintendent-cum-vice-principal, told IANS on Thursday.

The hospital also plans to have a facility for sex-alignment surgery.

There are 9,868 members of the third gender in rural Bengal according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011.

Recently, the state government roped in India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandyopadhyay to work with its transgender development board in framing a new policy for the third gender in Bengal.

Bandopadhyay made headlines with her appointment as the head of Krishnagar Women’s College in Bengal, a first for India.

While states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have transgender welfare boards, Bengal has the country’s sole development board for them.

This year, varsities like Presidency University and Jadavpur University introduced separate criteria in admission forms for inclusion of the third gender.

At the national level, the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 was passed by the Rajya Sabha in April.

For the first time in 45 years, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed a private member’s bill. It envisages creation of a national commission for transgender communities and state level commissions. (IANS)

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Swiggy to use digital payments for delivery fleet

Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to "change the way India eats" and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others

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  • Swiggy is an online food ordering platform
  • It will now allow digital payments for delivery feet
  • this method will prevent any leakage in cash payment process

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it would use privately-run ICICI Bank to allow its delivery fleet to make digital payments.

“Through the use of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and automated cash deposit machines at ICICI Bank branches and ATMs across the country, the delivery fleet will have a hassle-free way of transferring funds,” the company said in a statement. Swiggy operates with a fleet of over 20,000 delivery persons delivering food from over 25,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

These digital payments will prevent leakage in cash payments. Wikimedia Commons

With cash-on-delivery being a widely used method of payment on the platform, the digital payment methods allow the delivery men to quickly transfer the funds to Swiggy, saving their time, according to the statement.

“With the delivery fleet being the backbone of Swiggy, the adoption of the digital payment solutions will support the ease of operations and save their time and thousands of kilometres of travel,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rahul Bothra in the statement. The digital payment methods will also help in preventing any cash leakages, the company said.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to “change the way India eats” and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others. IANS

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