The federal government of Pakistan has taken a huge positive step to include the transgender people in its workforce for the very first time in history of Pakistan.
The Benazir Income Support Programme, a federal poverty reduction programme, has successfully appointed a transgender person who is called “Muhammad Zahid, also known as Nomic”, as a cook in cafeteria of its headquarters in Islamabad.
The government has made the hiring on a contingent basis, as per a notification that was released by BISP.
“It is still unbelievable I got a respectable government job on merit and now I will be able to earn money with full respect and dignity,” said Nomi, while talking to a local media publication.
Nomi who was born in Faisalabad now is currently living in Bari Imam and serving in the BISP cafeteria. Despite this dude has no certification or degree but she cooks well and hold a passion for trying a new dishes and serving them in unique styles.
“Since my childhood, I used to see how my mother was cooking and from her, I have learned to cook all dishes,” she says.
For her, this is like landing a dream job. “My appointment is an answer to those people, especially my neighbors and relatives, who believe that a person like me can only earn through illegal means,” she said.
She has also described all of her difficulties that he faces every single day for only who really she is.
“My parents have passed away… I was living with my brothers and sisters, but the attitude of my neighbors and relatives forced me to shift from there. Now, whenever I have to meet my family, I go in late hours so that no one can see and return before dawn,” she said.
“I hope now people will feel proud of me rather than degrading me by calling me ‘Khusra’ and asking me to dance,” says Nomi.
The BISP Additional Director General Conditional Cash Transfers Naveed Akbar said that this was only a start. “It’s a proud moment for us that Nomi has joined our team. And it is just a beginning as we are looking forward to hiring more transgender persons,” he says.
He also said they appointed Nomi entirely on merit; she even passed a test requires in the selection process.
He has also said that the BISP considered to award cash grants to the transgender community in need.
“Hopefully by the end of this year we will also announce more jobs for highly-qualified transgender persons who deserve higher positions,” said the AD. He also proposed that the government should introduce quota for transgender in government jobs.
The BISP has also issued a warning notice to other folks that if any individual who is found guilty of harassing Nomi shall be terminated.