Haryana to spread hygiene among rural womenDecember 17th, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) In order to spread health and hygiene among the rural women of the state, the Haryana government has decided to provide them with sanitary napkins at a price of Re.1 each.Manufactured under the brand name Mukti by the Haryana Women Development Corporation, each sanitary napkin would cost Rs.2 but the state’s health department will subsidize half the cost.
Haryana’s Women and Child Development and Health Minister Kartar Devi said Wednesday that the focus of the campaign was to make sanitary napkins available easily to rural women throughout the state.
“At Re.1, these napkins will be priced much cheaper than those available in the market,” the minister said.
She said that the corporation aimed at getting the sanitary napkins made by self help groups of rural women in villages for use by women in those areas itself.
“On one hand, the scheme would help rural women in maintaining good health and will also enhance their income,” Devi said.
She added that the sanitary napkins would be marketed appropriately in rural areas through various agencies.