Skill India Project to provide training and employment to LGBTQ+
24 members enrolled for the course; many of them were involved in begging earlier
Rajkot: Taking forward the movement of ‘Yes to Equality’, as many as 24 members of LGBTQ+ community have been enrolled under Gujarat’s first pilot project of Community in Skill Development for Eco-system of Rajkot for free.
The inaugural program was organised at Rajkot on Monday at the Rajkot collectorate office. Of the 24 enrolled, only few have studied after class 10th, leaving no option for them except begging. The effort of district administration aims to give them a respectable acceptance in the society through skill development training.
The trust will also take the responsibility of members’ employment and help them in finding jobs. Lakshya Trust of Gujarat has been working for upliftment of LGBTQ+ community since many years.
Founder of Lakshya Trust, Prince of Rajpipla, Manvendra Singh Gohil and Rajkot Collector Arun Mahesh Babu were present at the occasion. Participants were provided with LGBTQ+ identity cards and study material kits of the course.
One of the participants, Gopi Solanki said, “I haven’t passed 8th class and have been involved in begging since past three years. I am excited about the course as it will help me earn better.” Husain Ghoniya of Lakshya Trust, Rajkot, said, “The course is for CCC in computers.
The participants will be issued certificates after completion of the one month course. Nowadays everything is online including every correspondence at Lakshya. The course will help them earn a respectable earning and equal lifestyle.” There are around 6,300 LGBTQ+ members registered with Lakshya Trust at Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat.