Sanitary napkins are an essential part of women’s hygiene needs. However, unfortunately, many women in India, lack access to sanitary napkins and are forced to use other substitutes.
- These substitutes, mainly old clothes, are unsanitary and pose a major health risk to the women using them. The women are forced to use unhygienic aids during menstrual period due to non-affordability of sanitary napkins causes fungal infections, Urinary Tract infection etc.
- Also, the women using sanitary pads are forced to buy those pads which are priced higher, creating a major price challenge in comparatively less well-off parts of the country for women.
- The disposal of the nondisposable sanitary napkins also possesses an environmental risk.
What the government has done?
- Hence, the Government had introduced the Suvidha napkins as a cost-efficient and more healthy alternative to conventional products.
- The napkins have been launched by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
- These napkins are biodegradable and do not possess any long term environmental risk.
- These napkins will be priced at Rs 10 per set of 4 napkins and have been made available at the 5449 (by July 18, 2019) Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country.
- The logistics and distribution of the product is being handled under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) and 3 warehouses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, and Guwahati have been established to support the project.
- Till date, the government has achieved the sales of over 28 lakh packs of napkins.