Maharashtra Affordable Sanitary Napkins Scheme for Rural Areas (ASMITA Scheme)
Maharashtra Affordable Sanitary Napkins Scheme – The State Government of Maharashtra has given its approval to a scheme for providing sanitary napkins at affordable rates to women and schoolgoing girls in rural areas. This approval was given in the cabinet meeting. Besides this, the state government has planned to implement this under the Asmita scheme from March 8 i.e. on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Maharashtra Affordable Sanitary Napkins Scheme
The Maharashtra Rural Department Officials informed that a health survey carried out in villages disclosed hygiene issues due to non-usage of sanitary napkins. Besides this, it was also observed that the girls in the age group of 11 to 19 years were absent at school for 50-60 days a year.
They further informed that the main motive of this scheme is to provide sanitary napkins at affordable rates to women and schoolgoing girls. Apart from this, the women’s self help groups will also provide the sanitary napkins in the villages. Besides this, they will also create awareness about the scheme in villages.
He also informed that the State Rural Livelihood Mission will the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme. While a packet of sanitary napkins for women will cost either Rs 24 or Rs 29 based on size, the cost will be Rs 5 per packet for school-going girls between age group of 11 and 19 years.
The Self Help Groups of Women will buy these from the manufacturer selected by the state government. Besides this, the government will provide a subsidy to the self help groups.
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