In a first, Sindh cabinet decides to reserve 0.5% job quota for transgenders

24% of country's transgender population resides in Sindh.

 

In a first and a significant step towards gender equality and transgender visibility in Pakistan, Sindh cabinet moves to reserve a 0.5% job quota for transgenders. This will pave way for them to enter into the mainstream and earn a reputable life for themselves.

“I want to bring transgender people into the mainstream. We want to make them an asset for our society,” said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah during the cabinet meeting.

CM Murad congratulated the transgender community and gave them credit for their decades-long struggle for their rights in Pakistan. He urged the gender minority to continue to fight for their rights and focus on getting an education in Pakistan.

There are about 41,000 positions vacant in Sindh’s different government departments. Out of them, 206 will be given to transgender persons.

A spokesperson from the chief minister’s house said that out of these 41,000 vacant positions,  16,000 positions will be filled this fiscal year. The remaining positions will be filled within the course of the next three years.

According to the census conducted in 2017, Pakistan has  10,418 transgender persons. Out of them, 24% of them reside in Sindh, particularly in the port city of Karachi.

 Sindh Police Offers 5pc Jobs To Transgenders:

Making another concrete and a strong step in the right direction, Sindh police previously announced to offer 5 pc jobs to the gender minority to bring them in the mainstream. Inspector General Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam announced on Monday to induct them in police to set a new precedent.
The announcement was made after a meeting of a delegation of the transgender representatives with the Sindh police chief in Sukkur. Police spokesperson Sohail Jokhio revealed that transgender individuals will be offered various office jobs in the provincial police force. The Sindh police chief also added that the efforts to restore the quota for disabled people are underway as well and necessary official steps will also be taken in this regard. (READ MORE HERE)

 

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