Speaking at a campaign event in Hyderabad on Sunday, TRS working president KT Rama Rao has promised to build an inclusive environment for transgender persons to be employed in IT companies in Hyderabad. Replying to a question posed by Chandramukhi Muvvala, a well-known face in the trans community in Hyderabad, KTR further confessed that his government had not paid enough attention to the issue in the past five years and promised to build safe working places for transgender women in the IT space.
Taking questions from public at the ‘Know your MP candidates in IT corridor’ at Jubilee Hills, KTR was replying to a question posed by transgender woman Chandramukhi Muvvala, who works with Alliance India, an NGO. Chandramukhi had also contested the 2018 Telangana Assembly polls on a BLF ticket against BJP’s Raja Singh in the Ghoshamahal constituency.
Asking KTR why there were no transgender women working in the IT sector in Hyderabad, Chandramukhi pointed out the discrimination and stigma at the corporate level.
Replying to the same, KTR said, “I will not lie to you, because I have not paid attention to the issue in the past five years. When you are building an IT park or a cluster, we need to be more careful about the needs of the transgender community. I confess, we have not worked towards it in the past five years, but since you are representing an NGO, I am happy to collaborate and I promise I will work with you.”
KTR also said that Chandramukhi could work with the chief relations officer Amarnath Reddy, who was also present at the event, and Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary of IT, to make it happen.