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Shelter:Transgenders staging a demonstration at Tuticorin Collectorate on Monday.
Shelter:Transgenders staging a demonstration at Tuticorin Collectorate on Monday.

Staff Reporter

“Official apathy has kept scheme from being beneficial to them”

Tuticorin: Though more importance is being accorded to enhance the social security of the transgender, the basic requirement of housing is still out of reach for them.

Viji, the founder and managing trustee of Anbu Trust, a home for transgenders in the district, who led the demonstration in front of Collectorate highlighting their demands on Monday, said the government had set aside a sum of Rs. 5. 50 lakh for construction of houses for the transgender in every district but the beneficiaries could not reap the benefits they were entitled to.

As per the directive, ten houses had to be constructed for the transgenders in each district in the State but nothing transpired so far due to official apathy. Gross negligence was being shown, Viji said.

The officials replied to the issue that there was no vacant land within 16-km radius under Corporation limits to construct concrete houses, Viji said.

“Even though there is no land vacant within the limits of corporation, at least provide housing on the outskirts. We have been asking for accommodation for the past three years and there is no sign of development on the issue. Representations to this effect have been made several times to the authorities but nobody has given due consideration to our grievances. To represent our grievances before the officials concerned, grievances redressal day meetings have to be conducted on a regular basis on a par with other meetings for representing our woes,” Viji said.

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