BHOPAL : Inclusion of transgender in PAN cards before the Lok Sabha election is indicative of the fact that the government is keen on vote bank politics rather than promoting their welfare, said transgender and social activists in the city.

The government has amended the income tax rules to include transgender as a category in Permanent Account Number (PAN).

After the notification was issued on Monday, the PAN card forms will have three gender-linked columns: male, female and transgender.

They told Free Press that they needed jobs and right to equality as normal people were getting and not PAN and Aadhaar cards.

They said the government had done that for namesake and wanted to collect data.

President of Devi Rani Kinnar Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Bhopal, Devi Rani said, “Madam, tell me one thing, we are poor. We neither have job nor we have our own house and property of cores of rupees. We beg money daily from door to door and feed our stomach. We even don’t have money to eat. So, from where we pay income tax?”

Rani further said, “If government thinks so much for welfare for people of our community then why didn’t they make separate queue in hospitals and Railway stations. Why they didn’t give us ticket for fighting election. What is need PAN for us?  By doing so, government is just making fun of transgender.”

Sanjana, counsellor and secretary of Mirtra Shringar said, “Total population of  transgender in  Bhopal is around 800 But very few of them able to pay tax. I don’t have any government Job, despite that I pay income tax. I have been counseling people of our community and also doing work of cleanliness, but still the MP government doesn’t recognise our work and give any job.”

She said, “It is a preparation of upcoming Lok Sabha Election, nothing more than that. We have neither job nor money, how will we pay tax.  We neither get support from government nor the society. I think, government should make a policy for the welfare of transgender after talking some educated people of the community. We need right to equality not PAN and Aadhaar card. What we do for this?.”

Balram, a social activists who works for LGBT, “The government has done that for namesake. A total population of transgender is around 6000 in the state. But most of them don’t have their own home and proper food to eat. From where they will pay tax? The government still couldn’t make board of transgender in MP. The condition of the community people is very worst.”

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