Ernakulam district of Kerala gearing up to become a model transgender-friendly district The Ernakulam office of the Social Justice Department is gearing up to | Patrika News

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Ernakulam has a higher number of transgender people as compared to other districts. The communication between the government agencies and the transgender community in the district is also better. Now we are planning to start a new project in coordination with the National Health Mission to help this community, says Sreeja, who is part of the upproject in the district.

Last year alone, 219 transgender people of the district were benefitted from the department’s schemes, which include scholarships for children, hostel fees, financial assistance for hormonal therapy during the pandemic, meal kits and financial assistance for marriages. However, the official said that many people are unaware of the various schemes and only a few have come forward to help with the marriage.

These are the schemes. According to the officials, every student will get Rs 3,000 per month as scholarship from class VII. Last year, five transgender students had availed the scholarship. 18 people were helped step by step for sex reassignment surgery and aftercare. We have also launched schemes for skill development (Sakalyam) and emergency financial assistance (Karuthal) this year. Distance learning students started receiving scholarships last year.

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