Raipur: To encourage menstrual hygiene among girls, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh launched ‘Suchita Yojana’ on Tuesday. According to this scheme, automated sanitary napkin vending machines are being installed in government schools of the state.
The scheme was formally inaugurated by Mr Singh on the occasion of National Girl Child Day in Telibandha area of the state.
Under the scheme, sanitary napkin ATM vending machines are being installed in around 2,000 high and higher secondary schools across the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said that daughters of India are succeeding in every walk of life and bringing glory to the country.
“Nowadays, girls are marching ahead on the path of success in every field and glorifying the name of the country. They are courageously representing the country in every field,
be it the opportunity to go to the space, or to fly a fighter plane, or as an athlete winning gold medal for the country,” he said.
The chief minister further added that Chhattisgarh has second best sex ratio after Kerala.
Briefing about the ‘Suchita’ scheme, Secretary Women and Child development department M Geeta told PTI that in several schools, including of Raipur district, this vending machine has already been installed while the installation in about 2,000 schools will be completed soon.
Eco-friendly incinerators will also be installed in schools for safe and environment friendly disposal of used napkins, she added.
Initially, 7,200 napkins will be made available free of cost. Later, it will be provided at the nominal cost of Rs 2 per napkin.
These machines will be set up inside girls’ washroom in the schools.
The aim is to encourage girls maintain personal and menstrual hygiene, she said.
For the purpose, the department has also roped in master trainers who will take classes of girl students to apprise them about importance of personal hygiene and make them aware of its benefits for their health, she said.
Besides, the step will also help girls overcome the hesitation they face while buying sanitary napkins from the market, she added.