MINGORA: The department of Social Welfare Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched a program involving transgender community in preparation of clothes bags for district administration to discourage use of polythene bags.
The program inaugurated here on Monday by Additional Assistant Commissioner Zamin Khan, the project aimed to provide alternate and dignified source of income to trans community besides complete replacement of plastic bags with eco-friendly fabric bags.
Under the project the transgender community would manufacture fabric bags with assistance of district administration while Social Welfare department would provide raw material and transport the finished product to market. The program would accommodate transgender living in Swat regardless of their district of origin to produce environment-friendly fabric bags.
Speaking on the occasion the Additional Assistant Commissioner Swat assured transgender the protection of their rights and directed all the assistant commissioners to resolve their issues at the earliest. District Officer Social Welfare NusratIqbal said that 32 sewing machines has been distributed among the trans community, once the demand of fabric bags is created in the market, manufactures (transgenders) and local vendors would sell and buy fabric bags directly.
District administration would monitor the whole process. In the long run, plastic would be banned from district Swat that is famous for its beauty and safe environment. Muhammad Haseeb Khan, representative of Environmental Protection Society assured of any possible assistance to support the efforts of district administration for the wellbeing of transgender.