Free sanitary napkins for 7 lakh women

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today launched a scheme to provide sanitary napkins free of cost to seven lakh girls and women in the state.

Announced earlier,the `first-of-its-kind` initiative will cost Rs 44.21 crore annually and envisages providing sanitary napkins to schoolgirls, women prisoners and lactating mothers.

Jayalalithaa gave away sanitary napkins to seven women at the secretariat to mark the launch of the scheme, a state government press release here said.