Lahore: The Punjab government plans to build transgender shelter homes throughout the province.

Minister for Social Welfare Syed Yawar Abbas Bukhari made the announcement while speaking to the media at a ceremony held here on Tuesday at the Punjab University, where representatives from the PU Department of Development Communication (DDC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Baitul Maal (SW&BM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

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Internship opportunities in social welfare institutes in the province would be available to PU students under the terms of the MoU. At the occasion, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad and DDC Chairperson Dr Ayesha Ashfaq were also present.

The minister, speaking during the ceremony, stated that the department would provide training to students for the social welfare of the people, as well as merit and need-based scholarships. Every year, he said, a gold medal will be given to the DDC topper, and workshops and training programmes would be financed to assist students with job prospects.

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Mr Bukhari stated that the government was working to improve the skills and education of transpeople, and that his department had obtained funds to build shelter homes for them. He said that the government has established a transparent process for the use of public funding for transgender people’s welfare.

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