The Odisha government launched KHUSHI scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state. The scheme will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crore per year.
Under the scheme, the state will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. The announcement was made by the CM of Odisha Naveen Patnaik.
In addition to school-going girls, the Biju Janata Dal government will also provide napkins to women in rural communities at subsidized rates .
Highlighting his government’s pro-women schemes such as Mission Shakti and Mamata, Mr Patnaik said women have always been the focal point of development projects.
This step will go a long way in promoting health and hygiene among adolescent girls and lead to higher retention in schools.