Karachi: The Sindh government has approved the proposal to reserve a quota for members of the transgender community in the jobs in the government departments and subsidiary agencies in the province.
The Sindh cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, approved the draft of the Sindh Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill-2022 for reserving a 0.5 per cent quota for transgender people in jobs related to the provincial government. The amendment bill will soon be presented in the Sindh Assembly to formalise the quota.
Briefing media persons after the meeting of the cabinet, Sindh Information and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani said he hoped reserving jobs would prove to be a positive step to overcome the sense of deprivation felt by the members of the transgender community.
He lamented that people belonging to the community didn’t get their due status in society.
The Information Minister said the job quota would provide transgender people with the opportunities to lead an honourable life.
He mentioned that even earlier there was no restriction on the transgender people in joining government service.
He recalled that earlier Sindh had taken the initiative and become the first province in the country to reserve seats for transgender community members and differently-abled persons in local governments.
Saeed Ghani said the Sindh government would fully welcome the proposal to reserve seats for transgender people in the elected assemblies of the country but the Constitution had to be amended for the purpose and that is the domain of the federal government.