Hardly any one of us is aware of the fact that Government Of India actually provides funds for distribution of sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in rural areas at a highly subsidised rate of Re.1.
According to Minister of State in Ministry of Finance,Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla in response to Lok Sabha’s Unstarred Question No.6670, answered on 6th April 2008, stated that:
States are provided funds for Menstrual Hygiene Scheme under the programme implementation plans for decentralized procurement of sanitary napkins at their own level. These are then distributed at a subsidized rate of Rs. 1 per napkin to the adolescent girls residing primarily in rural areas.
Further, funds are also given for capacity building of health workers and information, education and communication to promote menstrual hygiene.
Have you come across any beneficiary of this scheme in your village/town?