Adam Harry, the first Indian transman pilot, to conquer the sky with government help
The ministry of social welfare of Kerala state has offered Rs 25 lakh to India’s first transgender pilot to pursue a three-year course at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology in Thiruvananthapuram. Adam Harry (20), a native of Irrinjalakuda will receive the financial support from the state government to secure a commercial pilot licence. Rs 23.34 lakh would be allotted from the Social Welfare Ministry's plan fund and the rest will be sanctioned through the Social Security Mission's 'We Care' programme.
Adam Harry, on Friday, visited Health and Social Welfare Minister, K K Shailaja and extended his gratitude.
Although he completed the Private Pilot Course in Johannesburg, when the news about the first transgender to become an airline pilot circulated on the social media, he was disowned by his family and friends.
After returning, Adam Harry worked at several places. He spent his nights at railway stations and bus stands. When the news of his hardship reached some of his trangenger friends, they advised him to seek the aid of Ministry of Social Welfare.
Eventually, the government left no stone unturned to enroll him in a aviation academy. The government has decided to bear the expenses to enroll him in a trainee pilot course of the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology. Three-year course fee of Rs 23,34,000 including hostel fee was granted to him. In addition, other expenses of the education are sanctioned through the ‘We Care’ scheme.
‘’I went to see the minister and secretary to seek a job. But the minster asked me shouldn't we fly. My dream has been realized. I have come here to thank her personally,’’ said Adam Harry.
"This is a typical example of how one can rise ahead in life with hardwork," minister Shailaja said.