Kolkata: They might not be considered as forerunners in the mainstream of life. But the HIDCO authorities have something else in sorts for them. According to a latest development, now transgenders will be acting as guides in the Eco Park, at Rajarhat for the different tourists. Along with transgenders, children of sex workers will also be employed for the purpose. HIDCO, along with an NGO, will appoint 15 transgender persons and sex workers' kids to work as guides at Eco Park in Rajarhat. The new service, for which visitors will be able to choose and appoint guides online, will be inaugurated on August 15.
The much talked about tourist spot in Kolkata, Eco Park, plans to start off ‘Eco Walk’ that aims at making "freedom more meaningful to the youth from marginalized background". "These people are refused jobs for no fault of theirs. But they could be trained to work in sectors like tourism, like in south-east Asian countries. The fact that a government agency has taken the initiative to employ them will go a long way in turning things around," said Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay of Prantakatha, the NGO. The amount decided for the ticket of Eco Walk is slated at Rs 500. HIDCO chairman Debashish Sen said, "They deserve equal opportunities. By appointing them, we hope to make a beginning. We are aiming at NRIs and foreign visitors, though the facility will be available to all. The guides will not receive salaries but they will share a part of their income with us."
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