Menstrual Hygiene Scheme gets Government’s Approval
The government has approved a Menstrual Hygiene Scheme with the aim to improve menstrual health among adolescent girls. Rs 150 Crore has been approved for this scheme which will increase access to and use of high quality sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in rural areas.
Key features of Menstrual Health Scheme:
Objective: To increase awareness among adolescent girls on Menstrual Hygiene, increase access to and use of high quality sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in rural areas and ensure safe disposal of sanitary napkins in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Below Poverty Line (BPL) girls to get a pack of six sanitary napkins at a nominal cost of Re. 1 per pack.
- Above Poverty Line (APL) category will be charged Rs. 5 per pack of Sanitary napkins (or the final determined cost in the state).
- At the community level, ASHA will be responsible for ensuring an adequate supply of Sanitary napkins for adolescent girls who require them. ASHA will get Rs 1 as incentive for every pack she sells.
- Phase-wise coverage of entire country.