Leading the way, the Haryana government on Wednesday launched a scheme under which it will distribute free sanitary napkins to about 22.50 lakh women and girls below the poverty line every month for a year.
Besides this, the government has also launched a scheme called “Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana” under which children aged 1-6 years in anganwadi centres will be provided fortified flavored skimmed milk powder.
Under the ”Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana”, adolescent girls and women between 10 to 45 years of age of below poverty line (BPL) will be provided a packet of sanitary napkin every month. The packet will have six napkins each.
On the occasion, the chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, distributed packets of skimmed milk powder to five beneficiaries of the ”Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana”, including three children and two pregnant women.
He also distributed packets of free sanitary napkins to some beneficiaries of the ”Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana”.
The Chief Minister said that the aim is to help women and children overcome malnutrition and also ensure a natural thing like periods doesn’t bind a girl or woman to the homes.
He said the BJP-led government has been working by focusing on ”4-S” –”Shiksha (education), Swasthya (health), Suraksha (security) and Swamlamban (self-reliance)”.