Kerala government to distribute sanitary pads and install vending machines in all schools, under the ‘She Pad’ scheme


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Every woman has a right to clean, healthy and hygienic life. But, sadly, a major chunk of the female demographic of our nation has been distantly lacking a hygienic lifestyle. The status of their hygiene decreases exponentially when it comes to their menstrual cycles. Unavailability and costly price structure of mainstream sanitary pads often coerce women to resort to unhygienic options that eventually lead to urinary tract infections.

To tackle the issue and provide support, Kerala State Government has recently taken a noteworthy step. With the summer vacations coming to an end, the state government has directed all higher secondary schools to implement vending machines that would provide sanitary napkins to the school going girls. It is compulsory for all the higher secondary schools to have these vending machines with the beginning of the new academic year.

The government has further directed that the schools should commensurate these vending machines to the number of girls in the schools. This project is executed under the ‘She Pad’ scheme conceived by the Kerala State government. This scheme is intended with a purpose of making sanitary pads easily available to each and every girl in the state.

Kerala State Government has budgeted INR 30 crores for this scheme over the next few years. This project is also supported by several local self-government institutions that are led by State Women Development Corporation.

Government of Kerala believes that every girl, rich or poor, has the rights to cleanliness and hygiene. Consequently, the government conceived the ‘She Pad’ scheme to provide the students, across the state, with clean and healthy sanitary pads.  Along with installing the sanitary napkin vending machines, the government has also decided to implement an Eco-friendly disposal system and distilleries where the used pads would be disposed.

PRAJWALA GHATE | TOC

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