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Transgender people will be given priority in the WHO programme: food minister

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said people from the transgender community will be given preference when buying essentials through the government’s open market sales scheme.

The minister said this while speaking as a guest of honor at a cultural event organized by the transgender community at the auditorium of Enam Medical College Hospital in Dhaka on Friday.

Sadhan added that the Ministry of Social Affairs has undertaken projects to empower transgender people and ensure their inclusion in society.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said no one will be left homeless. To deliver on her promise, she launched the Ashrayan Project, through which homeless people, including members of the transgender community, are provided with housing,” the minister said.

Sadhan also talked about the many benefits transgender people enjoy under the current government.

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“In 2019, the government recognized transgender people as members of the third sex by granting them the right to vote. Currently, transgender people can use their identity to obtain passports and many other services. This shows the government’s focus on improving the living standards of the transgender community,” Sadhan added.

The event was chaired by Dr. Enamur Rahman, Minister of State, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, and opened by Momtaj Begum, MP for Manikganj-2 Headquarters.

Mohammad Abu Naser Baig, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Majharul Islam, Upazila Nirbahi (UNO) Officer of Savar, among others, attended the event as special guests.