Punjab government decides to give monthly stipend to transgender persons.
The Punjab government will be paying a monthly stipend to transgender persons under a new program by the social protection authority.
This was announced by a special assistant to Punjab chief minister on information Dr. Ashiq Firdous Awan while talking to the media in Lahore. Social Protection Authority Vice-Chairperson Jamal Nasir Cheema was also present.
The initiative is part of the provincial government's program under the Punjab Social Protection Authority.
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Transgender people usually face transphobic harassment. Recently The Transgender Act 2018 explicitly bans any discrimination against transgender citizens of Pakistan by employers, organizations, educational institutions, healthcare providers, transportation service providers, and any private business or service provider.
Dr. Firdous said that the ‘Ehsaas Punjab Masawaat Programme’ was a unique program under which transgender being facilitated.
Under this program, a disabled transgender person between the ages of 18 and 40 were being given Rs.2000 per month, while transgender persons aged above 40 were being given Rs.3000 per month.
She said that the incumbent government is giving priority to the less privileged segment of society in all its projects.