LIC set to hire transgenders as agents

Published: October 16, 2010

CHENNAI: In the first initiative of its kind in the country, transgenders will soon be working as agents for the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

This progressive move was an attempt to integrate them into the social mainstream , said R Vasuki, state director of social welfare. "We’re trying to ensure that transgenders don’t resort to begging and extortion to make ends meet," said Vasuki. The programme will soon be expanded to other districts of Tamil Nadu.

B Preethi (23), a transgender, said, "We’ve no means of employment. And contrary to what people think, we do not like begging. We want people to trust us and help us lead normal lives." Responding to this, Vasuki said, "Such people deserve our respect. This is possible only if transgenders are given salaried jobs."

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