Over 16 lakh teenage girls to be provided with sanitary pads in Rajasthan
- JWB Post
- May 26, 2015
Over 16 lakh teenage girls would be provided with sanitary napkins free-of-cost in all the government-run schools across the state. The move can certainly be underlined as one of the most prolific and advantageous decisions taken by the state’s health department on the grounds of ‘human benefit’.
As per the initiative, school-going girls, who are students of class 9-12, would be given sanitary napkins through school administrations’ help. Furthermore, these napkins would also be provided to teenage girls falling under the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) families and age between 14 and 19 years. They would be provided pads through 2,000 local primary health centres (PHCs) in initial phase.
Since the project is in the pipeline and a blueprint is being readied, the women-friendly initiative is expected to take shape soon. The project is supposed to cost Rs20 crore per year.
What is more interesting about this is a fact that sanitary napkins would be especially prepared by non-government organisations (NGOs) which will be provided required machinery by CRD Healthcare and Enable Advisory through Diya Kumari Foundation as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Also, major napkin manufacturing firms would be contacted and tenders will be invited.
One provided unit would be equipped to manufacture as many as 1,500 sanitary pads in a day.
Speaking about the project, state’s health minister Rajendra Rathore has said that it is high time that women be made aware about the physical complications they suffer during those days (periods). “I think teenage-girls need to be made aware of hygiene during periods, for which, the whole society has to come forward. Emphasis needs to be laid on theawareness about using the sanitary pads. We would be providing pads to 16 lakh girls in the initial phase,” the health minister said.
Neeraj K Pawan, Additional Director, NHM, told dna that companies will be invited to participate in tender-bidding and sanitary napkins would be distributed soon.
This article first appeared in DNA paper.