Kathmandu (Pahichan) January 20 – District Development Committee Kathmandu has said that budget could be allocated to homosexual and transgender community. Deepak Bahadur KC, senior social officer said as constitution has ensured the rights of this community like male and male, DCC could allocate budget if Blue Diamond Society makes any efforts. KC said separate budget is allocated for minority community.
He suggested bringing proposal for the skill development and including this community under marginalized community. Executive Director of Blue Diamond Society Manisha Dhakal demanded that budget should be allocated for gender and sexual minority.
KC said BDS is one of biggest non-governmental organization working in Kathmandu valley asking to work within periphery of law. KC said though BDS is within periphery of law there are rooms for improvements. He requested to register the district chapter for the operation.
Dhakal informed that there are 53 chapters with seven hundred staffs. In the previous fiscal year, 19 million budgets were provided by donor agencies and the amount was spent on health, human rights, education and vocational training of this community.
Dhakal urged to allocated reservation for this community. KC said this community which makes up 8-10 of total population should get reservation and scholarship. He suggested knocking the door of concerned agencies. KC suggested organizing a review meeting with DDC representatives to make economic activities transparent.
He said it is great achievement that BDS is collecting assistances on its own efforts. Eight projects are underway of BDS. BDS is also running a Radio program Pahichan to highlight the wide range of issues of this community. The organization was established in 2001 and Sunil Babu Pant took the initiation for the establishment. It is a non-profit organization.