TN govt to give sanitary napkins to rural women

Chennai: In a move aimed at ensuring menstrual hygiene in rural area, Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced implementation of a scheme under which 18 bags of six sanitary napkins each would be provided to girls and women every year.

The Rs 44.21 crore free sanitary napkin scheme, touted by the state government as the first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, would also cover women prisoners, a press release here said.

Health Minister V S Vijay had announced the scheme in the state Assembly recently.

Teachers in government schools would supply the napkins to girl students, while the services of rural nurses and anganwadi employees will also be utilised for implementation of the scheme, the release said.

Periodic assessment of women and girls' health would be made and a registry of it will be maintained. Women will be provided iron tablets every week to prevent anaemia, it said.

A committee comprising officials of Health, Social Welfare and School Education Departments will monitor implementation of the scheme, the release said.