Not so long ago Kerala was in news for launching She Taxi for women commuters in the state.
Now, the state has decided to launch G-taxi, which will be owned and operated by them, a first in the state.
The state recently had recently launched Transgender Policy with an aim to end societal stigma towards the Transgender (TG) community. With the planned launch of ‘Gender Taxi’, owned and operated by transgenders, the state government wants to go a step further in giving the community the much-needed respect.
According to a PTI report, the objective of ‘G-Taxi’ programme is to provide a better means for livelihood for the minority group and to ensure them non-discriminatory treatment in society.
G-Taxi will be launched along the lines of the state government’s successful all-women cab network under the state-run Gender Park scheme.
G-taxi will be owned and operated by transgenders, but it will promote equality among the commuters by welcoming all travellers, irrespective of their gender, can avail service.
State Minister for Social Justice M K Muneer said, “We have unveiled the transgender policy with an aim to improve the life and living conditions of TG community. The G-Taxi is the first major step as part of the implementation of the TG Policy.”
Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish said the project is expected to promote entrepreneurship among TGs and provide them a better means for livelihood.
“We are hopeful that the project will help them fetch not only a better income but also a good opportunity to mingle with the mainstream society. People who avail the service of G-taxi can interact with them which will help change their mindset towards TGs,” Sunish told PTI.
Like the She-Taxi, G-Taxi cabs will also have advanced security features, including GPS.
(Photo: Deccan Chronicle)