NCP sets up first LGBT cell in the country on Monday
NCP sets up first LGBT cell in the country on Monday

NCP becomes first party in India to set up a cell for LGBT+ community

ANI | Updated: Oct 05, 2020 22:47 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 5 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party on Monday set up a cell for members belonging to the LGBT+ community making it the first political party in India to have such a cell.
State party president Jayant Patil and MP Supriya Sule formally launched the LGBT cell in Mumbai.
During the launch, Sule said, "The NCP is a progressive party and for the community, I felt that the LGBT community needs equal rights, so we made a separate cell for them."
"The LGBT community faces a number of education and health problems. We will continue our efforts to bring them into the mainstream, as promised in the NCP election manifesto. Today we have taken a step forward to fulfil this promise," Jayant Patil, the party president, said.
"Priority will be given to resolving the issues of the LGBT community through this cell. The programme has been planned by SAIL for the social, educational, financial empowerment of the LGBT group. We will make this programme a success in the near future," the party president added.

In Maharashtra, the LGBT group constitutes 10-12%. "Their issues are not taken care of by the society, but through this cell we will take care of them, take initiatives for equality, employment and bring them into the mainstream, said Priya Patil, state president of the cell.
Patil said that the community has been secluded since Independence and society has looked at them in a negative manner. "But if a political party has taken such an initiative and have given us the platform for equal representation, then we would rise above and work for the rights of the community," Patil said.
"We would focus on giving respect and their identity back to them. We would also address issues pertaining to employment and whatever other issues they face in daily life. There would also be a focus on improving relationships with the family members as well," the cell member added.
While there have been reports of harassment faced by members of the queer community, Patil feels that these issues would now get a voice courtesy of the cell set up by the NCP.
"Today we have been given a voice where we can hold the government and other people involved in the system accountable. I am thankful to the party that they have taken such an initiative and thought to bring people like us together and speak about the progress of the community," the state president of the cell added. (ANI)