At a time when the pandemic and enusing curbs have affected the life and livelihoods of the transgender community, the government has responded to their immediate needs by announcing a one-time payment of Rs 1,500. Beneficiaries who wish to avail the amount can register with the National Institute of Social Defence.
"This financial assistance will help the Transgender community to meet their day-to-day needs. NGOs and Community-based Organisations (CBOs) working for Transgender Persons have been asked to spread awareness about this step," the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment said.
The Ministry also announced the establishment of a helpline for distressed transgender persons to avail psychological support and mental health care. Concerned individuals can connect with experts on the helpline number 8882133897, which is functional from Monday to Saturday between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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(Script by Sherina Poyyail; video edited by Nang Tanvi)