November 3rd, 2011
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TN CM provides sanitary napkins for rural women

jayalalithaaChennai: A first-of-its-kind scheme in the country, Tamilnadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa has ordered providing free sanitary napkins to girl students, lactating mothers and women prisoners across the State. The scheme, to be implemented in all the rural areas, would cost the exchequer Rs 44.21 crores annually.

A top source said the State government, headed by Jayalalithaa, had been implementing various schemes and measures aimed at the welfare of women.The government believes that awareness on healthy habits should be created among young women to help prevent diseases and pregnancy-related disorders, the release said.

‘As part of this scheme, the Chief Minister ordered issuance of sanitary napkins to girls in the age group of 10 to 19  in all villages, and for lactating mothers and women prisoners.’

The source further said, ‘The scheme will ensure that three bags containing six napkins each will be given once in every two months to  women in the villages. A total number of 18 bags will be issued in a year. These bags will be given to school students through their teachers and to lactating mothers through nurses in primary health centres and anganwadi staff.’

Stating that seven such napkin bags would be given to mothers  at all government hospitals, primary health centres and village sub- centres, the release said that women in prisons in the State would be given three bags once in every two months.’It has been instructed that holes should be dug up in villages to bury the used napkins to preserve the environment. At schools, brick kilns will be installed to dispose of napkins in a safe manner,’ it said.

The source also said that health log books would be given to all women as part of the scheme, where details of their physical condition will be registered and monitored. ‘An iron and folic acid tablet will be given to women every week and deworming tablet once in six months.’ The Chief Minister has set up a committee chaired by Principal Secretary of Public Health Department to monitor the scheme. The committee would have officials of Health, Social Welfare and School Education Departments as its members.


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