The state government has started providing one-time relief to nearly 28,000 transgender, sex workers and short-statured persons before Durga puja. While relief was distributed to nearly 4,000 beneficiaries on Friday, rest of the beneficiaries will be covered before the Durga Puja.
After lockdown, the state government had started distributing relief to transgender and sex workers. It distributed relief again nearly two months back. According to Nabanna sources, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the state Women and Child Development department to include short-statured people among the beneficiaries. She had also asked the department to provide sari or shirt/trouser to them.
“We have started distributing the relief to them on Friday. Apart from clothes the relief material includes dry ration like 3 kg rice and 1 kg masoor dal.
We started with distributing that at six locations on Friday—Nilmoni Mitra Street, Boubazar, Kalighat, Chetla, Watgunge and Ganesh Ch avenue,” said Sashi Panja, state’s minister of Women and Child development. All the nodal officers in respective districts will start distributing the relief material from Saturday.
“Most of them are in distressed condition and are going through financial hardship. There is not much data about the short-statured people. We collated some data and included them as well. We plan to finish distributing the material well before the Puja,” Panja said.
Meanwhile, Justice Sanjib Banerjee on Friday flagged off a food distribution programme organized by the State Legal Services Authority on Friday.
The programme, organized on the eve of World Food Day, was launched to provide dry ration to sex workers in the Sonagachhi area. In a press statement the State Legal Services authority said that they are trying to reach out to 4,000 sex workers and provide dry ration during the drive.