The number of girls dropping out of school, dying or being married off due to lack of proper facilities during the monthly menstrual cycle. In the past, many campaigns have been run, many protests have been ticked off the calendar and many debates have been held, yet, we are very far from our goal.
However, in what looks like a powerful stride towards our ultimate mission, Maharashtra will now sell sanitary napkins priced at just Rs 5 for all the women in rural areas.
Minister for Rural Development, Women and Child Development, Pankaja Gopinath Munde took to Twitter to share the great news with all of us after the state government nodded in affirmation.
#Asmita scheme got cabinet nod. Now sanitary napkins will b available to girls n women thro’ Self Help groups. Also women hygiene campaign will b launched across state to increase awareness among young girls. This will boost school attendance as well @MinistryWCD @CMOMaharashtra
— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) January 30, 2018
A pack of as many as 8 sanitary napkins will be sold for just Rs 5.
The decision comes after a week of a pertinent question asked by Bombay High Court. The Bombay HC urged the state to come with subsidised rates of sanitary pads of women in rural areas.
As part of the Asmita Yojana, sanitary pads of different sizes and types will be made at discounted rates by the local self-help-group to meet the needs of heavy-low-less flow.
No one is arcane to the fact that women in India still suffer from several challenges during their monthly period. Lack of proper care, facility and disposal are what causes detrimental infections in young women, all of which can be easily avoided with subsidised prices.
“Due to lack of proper care during the menstrual period, there have been many health-related problems pertaining to reproduction in women and girls, according to a health survey conducted in rural areas,” the official told IANS.
Women from SHGs will produce pads ensuring that proper hygiene is practised during the production. Other than that, they will also teach young girls in the area about how to maintain health during these days.
The ruling came into effect at the Cabinet meeting and the entire responsibility was given to Rural Development Department under the Maharashtra State Rural Jivonnati Campaign.