Guwahati: In a bid to empower the transgender community, a ‘Trans tea stall’ was opened at Guwahati Railway station.
The tea stall will be fully managed by the transgender community, the Northeast Frontier Railway official said.
The initiative caught Anand Mahindra’s attention too and he shared pictures of the new stall on Twitter. He tagged Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, in his post.
“This one small, initiative is, in my view, as significant & transformational as your many other progressive projects. Indian railways carries over 8 billion people. And most important excludes no one. Bravo @AshwiniVaishnaw,” Anand Mahindra wrote sharing pictures.
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 This one small, initiative is, in my view, as significant & transformational as your many other progressive projects. Indian railways carries over 8 billion people. And most important, excludes no one. Bravo @AshwiniVaishnaw https://t.co/jraMFkwurA
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 14, 2023
Yesterday, the railway minister unveiled India’s first “trans tea stall” at a railway platform. The tea stall has been deployed at Guwahati railway station.
India’s first “Trans Tea Stall” at a railway platform.
📍Guwahati Railway Station pic.twitter.com/JSi8OS9VKM
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) March 13, 2023
The idea to open the ‘Trans tea stall’ was generated and implemented by the North East Frontier Railway (NEFR) to empower the community.
The NEFR collaborated with the All Assam Transgender Association for the initiative.
The Centre had last year approved a comprehensive scheme ‘Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise’ which includes a sub-scheme for rehabilitation and welfare of transgender people.