Kannur: The Kannur Cantonment Board, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Defence providing municipal services to the entire Cantonment, opened the first transgender public toilet in the state here at the Cantonment Board Public Park on Tuesday.
Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vinod Vikneswaran said that the gesture was a mark of welfare to the transgender community.
“Since Kerala is the first state in India to formulate policy for the transgenders it encouraged the board to implement the decision. This initiative will bring the necessary recognition and self confidence to the transgender community residing in and around Kannur,” the CEO said.
The board has also decided to train transgenders in the field of sanitation and induct them as contractual employees. Orientation programmes have already been conducted among them with the help of Suraksha Health Line Project, an NGO working for the welfare of transgender community.
The men-transgender-women toilet complex was inaugurated by Cantonment Board president Col. Ajai Sharma.