The chief minister of Kerala’s CM Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan announced She Pad Scheme for girl students across Kerala on Thursday. The government released 30 crores rupees to provide sanitary napkins for all the girl students across the Kerala to ensure menstrual hygiene.
Social justice minister K K Shylaja had announced the She Pad Scheme for girl students when speaking about the plan to set up Nirbhaya shelter homes in all districts. The project will be implemented through Kerala State Women Development Corporation (KSWDC). In this project sanitary napkins, cupboards, and incinerators will be distributed to treat the pads in government higher secondary schools across the state.
The government had issued an order that a part of the funds for sanitary pads will be from the local self-government institutions (LSGIs) and KSWDC in the state in January 2016.
16 lakh adolescent girl children of 7,000 schools across 14 districts in Kerala will be benefited to Subsidized high-quality sanitary napkins under the scheme. KSWDC managing director V C Bindu said about it.With the state government announced in last year, now 18 panchayats have transferred a total amount of Rs 1.36 crore for the She-Pad project.
After the success of the pilot project launched in the government schools in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in the past two years. Now the scheme is covered all the school from 11 to 18 age group girl of all government school.
Due to lack of awareness on menstrual preparedness and management among adolescent girls in the state, it is one of the major problems faced by girls and women in Kerala because very often it is veiled in secrecy and negativity associated with cultural and religious taboos.
In a study conducted by A C Nielsen ‘Sanitary Protection said that Around 23% of adolescent girls in the age-group 12 to 18 years drop out of school because of lack of awareness and proper menstrual protection. The community development organization Plan India study that only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins.
KSWDC officials said that the affordable sanitary napkins will be the great blessing for every girl child in our country. constrained school attendance, high dropout rates, and ill-health is due to infection of menstrual hygiene, so the scheme will be helpful to reduced these issue.