Current Affairs - December, 2018

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Khushi Scheme of Odisha

Khushi scheme of Odisha aims to provide good menstrual hygiene care to women of the state. The initiative aims to promote health and hygiene among school going adolescent girls leading to higher retention in school and greater empowerment of women.

About the Initiative

Under the scheme, the government will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. The scheme is being implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of Rs 70 crore per year.

Why the scheme has been initiated?

As per the data of the National Family Health Survey, in Odisha 53 per cent women use unhygienic methods and around 69 per cent women use cloth during menstruation. To address this dire scenario, the Odisha government has initiated Khushi Scheme.

The government of Odisha is also providing sanitary napkins to rural women at subsidised rates of Rs. 6 for six napkins through ASHA workers.

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Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative

The oil marketing companies have launched Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin Initiative, as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Odisha.

According to the data from the National Family Health Survey-4, overall use of sanitary napkins in Odisha is 33.5 per cent and only 42.8 per cent of rural women between the age of 15 and 24 years use proper hygienic methods of protection during menstruation. The oil companies came up with this initiative keeping this scenario in mind.

About the Initiative

Under the Initiative:

  • Around 100 local manufacturing units will be set up by oil marketing companies at Common Service Centres (CSCs) across 93 blocks in all 30 districts of Odisha.

Common Service Centres

Common Service Centres are physical facilities for delivering Government of India e-Services to rural and remote locations where availability of computers and Internet was negligible or mostly absent.

  • Each facility will have the capacity to produce 1200-2000 pads each day.
  • Each facility will also have a sterilization room to ensure that the napkins are sterilized before they are packed for use of rural women.
  • The companies will provide machineries and raw material for one time. Then the women will manage it and earn by selling the pads.
  • The women will also be provided with proper training in the manufacturing and sale of sanitary napkins and the Ujjwala beneficiaries will also be provided with the job.

The oil companies have started this initiative on a pilot basis and would be expanded across the state if the module gets success.

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