Pune: The Pune traffic police have come forward to help underprivileged transgender people and sex workers by distributing food materials to those affected mostly due to coronavirus lockdown.
As reported earlier by Sakal Times, transgenders, who mainly earn either by performing at functions and commercial sex workers are severely hit by the lockdown.
Several individuals from the community and NGOs working from them have appealed to people to provide financial aid or fund their ration until the situation improves. On Wednesday, the Traffic Police Department took the initiative to reach out to these underprivileged transgender people and sex workers and provide essentials. The police, along with Mangalmukhi Kinnar Charitable Trust, arranged transport services to deliver food materials, dry ration, water, masks, hand gloves and other essential needs. Senior Police Inspector Rajesh Puranik and his team actively participated in the initiative.
The team, along with social workers and organisations like Centre for Youth Development and Jain Sanghtana also distributed necessary food items and other essentials to about 129 commercial sex workers in Budhwar Peth on Tuesday.
Providing basic necessities
Mayor Murlidhar Mohol has assured that government organisations will not neglect transgender people.
“The Social Development Department’s welfare schemes will be implemented for them. We have also directed all the concerned officers to provide/arrange shelter for those who are in need,” said Mohol.