Sindh govt fixes ‘Jobs Quota’ for transgenders in government departments
In a historic move, Sindh Assembly finally passed the law to reserve 0.5 per cent quota of transgender community in various provincial government departments. With this, Sindh became the first province in Pakistan to make the law on it.
Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, while presenting the Sindh Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the House, said that after the implementation of this law, Sindh will be the first province where transgenders will be allowed to do government jobs.
Speaking in the Provincial Assembly, Mukesh Kumar Chawla further said that this step and initiative is just the beginning under which only 0.5% jobs quota has been allotted for transgender people.
“We will ensure that this quota is implemented not only in government departments but also in private institutions,” he added.
Explaining the aims and objectives of the bill, it said, “Transgenders are the downtrodden, neglected and vulnerable part of our society. The history of transgender community in Pakistan includes violent incidents, non-participation in social and political affairs. It is full of economic inequality, insecurity and emotional apathy.
The bill further states that for all the above reasons, the purpose of the bill is to empower such weak and downtrodden citizens and bring them into the mainstream of society. It has been decided to allocate 0.5% quota and therefore it is useful to amend the Sindh Civil Servants Act, 1973.
The provincial minister for parliamentary affairs said the Sindh government had already set a 5% quota for minorities and special persons.
According to the 2017 census data, there are a total of 10,418 transgenders in the country.
According to the census, Sindh has the second highest population of transgenders with 2,527 or 24% of the total population of transgenders in the country, while Punjab has 64.4% of the country’s transgender population or 6,709. Punjab ranks first with registered transgender population.
On the other hand, the human rights group Charity Trans Action Pakistan estimates that there are at least 500,000 transgender people across the country.