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650 transgenders in Nepal apply for civil services

Kathmandu, Feb 11: For the first time in the history of Nepal, 651 transgenders applied for civil service exams conducted by the Public Service Commission last year, a media report said. The forms for civil service jobs exams had three gender options, one for male examinees, the other for females, and the third for the ‘Other’ sex, Kathmandu Post reported. The percentage of those who appeared in the ‘Other’ sex category was 0.11 per cent of total 595,031 applicants. It nevertheless was a big step forward for the country’s LGBTI community, PSC Chairman Umesh Prasad Maili said.

The report does not state how many transgender applicants secured jobs as the results of many exams have not come out, said Geeta Kumari Humagain, information officer at the PSC. “The results of all exams were not included in the report, so there is a chance that people identifying themselves as the ‘Other’ sex might have secured jobs in civil service,” she told the Post. Even if the transgender applicants did not make it through the exams, they can have a go next time, she said. “The government opening doors to allow transgenders to join the civil service is a positive decision. It is a matter of providing equal opportunity to all citizens,” said Maili. (IANS)