Pak to provide jobs to trans-gender community

Pak`s state-run national database has decided to provide jobs to members of the trans-gender community in line with a Supreme Court ruling to protect the rights of eunuchs.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 18:56 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s state-run national
database has decided to provide jobs to members of the
trans-gender community in line with a Supreme Court ruling to
protect the rights of eunuchs.

The National Database Registration Authority`s
decision to provide jobs to trans-gender persons at its
regional offices was made at a meeting yesterday chaired by
the organisation`s Chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem.

NADRA is responsible for issuing national identity
cards and maintaining a database of Pakistani citizens.

NADRA will initially appoint seven eunuchs as data
entry operators at provincial offices to help process
applications from members of the trans-gender community for
national identity cards, officials said.

The meeting also discussed aspects of the policy
framework for issuing identity cards to trans-gender people in
accordance with a decision of the Supreme Court.

NADRA is set to begin issuing identity cards to
trans-gender persons from January.

Earlier this year, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had
directed authorities to include trans-gender people in voters`
lists and issue identity cards to them.

Representatives of eunuchs` rights associations,
including Almas Bobby and Shazia Choudhary, participated in
discussions related to registration, recognition,
identification and employment opportunities for the
trans-gender community.

Pakistani authorities, including representatives of
the Islamic Ideology Council, recently decided to include the
third category of "mukhannas" for the trans-gender community
in application forms for the national identity card.

PTI