Bhubaneswar: In a progressive step towards the betterment of transgenders, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has roped in members from the transgender community to collect tax from defaulters. As per reports, they have now started recruiting transgenders to collect pending taxes in the state that amounts to around Rs. 11 crores. Also Read - India's First University for Transgender Community to Come Up in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar

So far, 10 people have been selected from the community to form a team, who are being trained in the tax collection procedure using POS machines. They have also been provided a uniform, an identity card and a vehicle for the purpose. Also Read - Rajinikanth Wishes to Play The Role of Transgender on-Screen; Anyone's Listening?

The group visits door- to -door of the tax defaulters’ with messages like, ” Pay your tax, get blessings from us”. Also Read - Meet Ruby, First Ever Transgender Nurse to be Appointed to Govt Hospital in Tamil Nadu

And the initiative is already turning into success as they have managed to make a recovery of Rs 70,000, on the first day itself and this exercise will continue for the entire month. The members will be paid on the basis of the amount that is being collected by them.

Expressing gratitude, Meghna Sahu, a member of the transgender community and President of Swikriti said, “I am thankful to BMC and state government for giving us the opportunity to carry out this noble work and earn a living for ourselves. This also brings us to the mainstream.”

Talking about the initiative, Surath Chandra, Additional Commissioner of BMC told India Today, ” We have engaged a self help group of transgender for collection of tax dues…They have also been provided with an Identity card that gives them the dignity they deserve. It is for the first time that this practice has been introduced on the directives of our BMC Commissioner. This is also form of a pilot project, if we succeed, the model will be replicated in other districts too.”