Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: District Collector R.Palanisamy has said that proposals will be sent to the government for the formation of self-help groups by the aravanis (transgenders) in Villupuram district.

He was addressing the grievance redressal day session convened exclusively for the aravanis here recently. The Collector said once the government permitted such SHGs financial assistance such as revolving funds would be made available to them for taking up self-help ventures.

The Collector further said arrangements would be made for imparting computer training to the educated aravanis in private educational institutes.

As per statistics there were 150 aravanis in the district out of whom 30 were given house site pattas and 20 others were given houses. For others natham poromboke lands would be identified near their habitations for giving away house sites.

Mr Palanisamy said that special permission would be sought from the government for giving old age pension to the aravanis. Under the Mahalir Thittam, funds would be allotted for construction of waiting sheds at the Koovagam Koothandavar temple at the time of the annual fete of the aravanis.

The possibility of providing them sanitary worker posts in the municipalities would be explored, the Collector said.

In case of those aravanis who tested HIV-positive, arrangements would be made through service organisations to extend necessary medical facilities to them, the Collector said. The Collector gave an assurance to the aravanis that such sessions would be held once in three months to redress their grievances.

Among others Aravanis Welfare Board member A.Saleema and Aravani Association’s vice-president Vimala attended the session.