Maharashtra govt to play ‘Padman’ now; provide low cost sanitary pads to girls in rural areas
With more and more protests and demands to make sanitary pads more readily available for the women folk and also that the GST leveled must be taken off it, the Maharashtra government is all set to roll out its “Asmita Yojana” on the International Women’s Day next month.
The government plans to make sure that girls in Zilla Parishad schools will get a sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at a subsidized rate of Rs 24 and Rs 29.
The scheme is aimed at catering to the girl students and women from rural areas.
It will be formally launched on March 8 in Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will be present at the launch.
It need be mentioned that recently released flick Padman of star Akshay Kumar is also based on the subject of sanitary pads and taboo around it.
The Asmita Yojana was announced last year by Women and Child and Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde.
Under the scheme, beneficiary girls will be given “Asmita Cards”, while participating Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be entrusted with the task of the supply and sale of sanitary pads and counselling the girls and women.>