The garden city of Bangalore may be going down-hill for various reasons but it’s attempting to make life better for one of its minority communities. The Bangalore Mayor, R Sampath Raj on Tuesday made an announcement in favour of the transgender community, extending social benefits to them. The Mayor promised bus passes and home loans for the community members in an effort to support them.
The Mayor tabled a meeting with the members of the community promising them that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike would fulfil their demands.
"The BBMP has allotted Rs 2 crore for the transgender community in the city but it has not been spent yet. Thus the applications for the loans from the transgender community will be invited and the BBMP will soon approve the loan application from the community,” Sampath told Bangalore Mirror.
He also said, he will be writing a letter to the housing minister and chief minister Siddaramaiah requesting them to consider the application of community to include them in various housing schemes. The community members will also be considered for applications made to BDA sites for land acquisition.
He added, "There are many people who are deprived of social opportunities. I have also requested BMTC officials to consider their applications in BMTC bus passes, to which the officials have agreed. Thus they will also be getting bus passes now."
This move comes a month after Karnataka became the second state in the country to pass, State Policy for Transgenders, 2017, aimed at bringing the community into the mainstream of the society and providing its members with a secured life. The policy currently identifies nine different categories of transgenders.