Kochi Metro, in a landmark decision, took an initiative to provide employment to the transgenders. Yes, you read it right. Kochi Metro, which is an under-construction system which will be catering to the needs of the city, has formally appointed 23 members of transgender community for a variety of jobs.
This is the first time ever that a government-owned company has officially appointed transgenders for jobs. Here’s all you want to know about the highly appreciated move –
- Twenty three out of the 530 workers will be from the transgender community.
- All of them will be posted at 11 stations in Kochi Metro’s Aluva-Palarivattom corridor.
- These workers have been appointed after written tests and interviews.
- They have been given training in soft and technical skills.
- While the better educated candidates will be posted at ticket counters, the lesser qualified ones will be posted for housekeeping works.
- The work ranges from ticket vending to housekeeping to parking, gardening and customer relations.
- The idea came about when the local transgender community clashed with some from outside Kerala. They complained that they are being forced into sex work as society denies them jobs.
Here’s what a report in The Hindu said –
‘The metro agency is the first government-owned company in India to formally appoint them. I hope other firms in Kerala give them a respectable opportunity to work. Society’s mind set towards them will change only by direct interaction with them. Moreover, members of that community cannot at all be blamed since they are born with such a biological situation.’
What do you think about this move?