Maharashtra Asmita Scheme – The Pune Municipal Corporation’s standing committee has allocated a total amount of Rs. 50 lakh for the free sanitary napkin scheme. Under this scheme, the corporation will pave way for its rollout in civic schools to benefit 25,000 students.
Maharashtra Asmita Scheme
The Maharashtra Government has launched a scheme called Asmita. The main motive of the state government behind launching this scheme is to create awareness about the use of sanitary napkins among girl students.
According to the information given by the Civic officials, the Pune Municipal Corporation was also working on a project for installing napkin disposal units in the civic schools. They said that the women and child welfare committee’s members had pointed out at the unscientific disposal of these napkins due to the absence of these machines.
A senior Pune Municipal Corporation said that the unscientific disposal of the napkins could cause health-related problems for the students as well as the conservancy staff. Therefore, there is an urgent need for taking efforts for scientific disposal of these napkins.
Maharashtra Affordable Sanitary Napkins Scheme – Maharashtra Asmita 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.