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Mayor meets sexual minorities, assures help

Mayor meets sexual minorities, assures help

M Y   ¦    Nov 15, 2017 10:40:40 AM (IST)

Mayor meets sexual minorities, assures help-1Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has set aside Rs. 2 crore for the welfare of transgenders for the last two years, but the funds remained unused due to various reasons.

During a meeting with transgender community on Tuesday, Mayor R. Sampath Raj found hundreds applications for benefits had been turned down by civic officials citing lack of proper documentation.

“We have made several applications, but nothing materialised. Now the Mayor has promised that our applications will be processed faster,” said Sana, one of the community members who attended the meeting.

The Mayor said, “The needs of transgenders are unique. Apart from medical expenses, we are ready to pay for their educational expenses, to buy a laptop, start a business. The scheme cannot be restricted to a pre-set kind of uses.”