Khadya Sathi coupons for sex workers transgenders now valid till Dec 31

  • | Friday | 4th June, 2021

KOLKATA: The state Food and Supplies department on Thursday extended the validity of special coupons for the sex workers and transgenders for a further six months period till December 31 so that they continue to derive the benefits of dry ration. The Secretary of Durbar Mahila Sammanay Samiti- an organisation of sex workers, had sent an email to a top official of the department stating that ration dealers are refusing to offer ration to these categories against Khadya Sathi special coupons that were issued last year. In August last year, the Food department had issued a notification stating that Khadya Sathi special coupons issued to sex workers and transgenders should be valid till June 2021. There are over 4 lakh sex workers across the state, as per figures of State Legal Services Authority that was formed to coordinate with the government to ensure that not a single sex worker or transgender is deprived of his/ her share of ration. But it was found that some of them did not possess aadhar card and hence ration cards could not be issued.

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