Ten sanitary napkins will be made available to 60 lakh women below the poverty line in the state at a nominal price of one rupee per month. The implementation of this scheme will start from August 15 on the occasion of the Independence Amritmahotsav, reported the Minister of Rural Development, Hasan Mushrif. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Rural Development, Hasan Mushrif, on the occasion of May 28, World Menstruation Day.
“Eight million women worldwide have died as a result of poor menstrual care and poor hygiene. It is the fifth leading cause of death in women. Of the 320 million menstruating women in India, only 12% use pads “In Maharashtra, 66% of women use it. Maharashtra ranks 13th nationally. Its use in rural areas is about 17.5 percent,” Hassan Mushrif said.
“Getting to the bottom of the problem, there was a lack of awareness of the use of the napkins, lack of affordable prices, lack of availability. With this in mind, in the menstrual hygiene promotion scheme implemented by the state health department, kits containing six pads are given to girls under the age of 19 for six rupees. It does not benefit all women below the poverty line. To address this issue, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government has decided to provide 10 sanitary napkins at a nominal price of Rs. The campaign will be carried out by Asha workers, Anganwadi workers, health workers. The supply will be 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively, provided by state government suppliers and women’s self-help groups that make sanitary napkins. As there are more than 60 lakh beneficiaries, auxiliary missionaries will be set up at each village level to dispose of used sanitary napkins,” Mushrif said.
expenditure of 200 million rupees
Assuming an estimated price of Rs 4 per napkin and considering 60 lakh recipients, it is expected to cost Rs 200 million. Mushrif also said that provisions have been made in the budget of the Department of Rural Development for this.
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