Samikshya Behera, identifying as a transgender individual, is an Arts graduate, who has previously worked in the corporate sector. As her work contract duration was closing in and the pandemic brought with it job insecurities in the country. She contemplated the idea of returning to Delhi from Odisha. This was her plan until she received a life-changing phone call. As the news began to sink in, Ms. Behera’s face lit up with a smile. She had been appointed as the City Mission Manager (CMM) in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Government of Odisha. Her role involved managing the initiatives under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM). It was a job that not only gave her a chance to serve the community but also got her the respect she deserves.
The job at Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation gave her respect and recognition in society. This in turn encouraged her to continue her education in Social Work alongside carrying out the duties that her job demands. This not only ensured her financial security, but also gave her a chance to live life with her head held up high.
Previously, she worked on another development project that focused on providing sections of land to poor people living in urban areas. This particular job as the City Mission Manager provided a good opportunity for her to continue serving the low-income populations.