Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, has announced free sanitary pads for all high school and college girls in the state.
Raveen Thukral, the media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister, took on Twitter to share the news. He writes, “Punjab CM @capt_amarinder announces free sanitary pads for girl students of high schools and colleges during the launch of a slew of welfare projects, including the dedication of January month to girl child through ‘Dheeiyan Di Lohri’ programme.”
In addition to the revolutionary step that will help curb period poverty in the state, the Punjab government also launched multiple other initiatives.
“Other initiatives launched by Punjab CM @capt_amarinder include BASERA for slum dwellers, Smart Metering for power consumers, 2500 cricket kits for youth and E-Daakhil portal for ease of consumers,” Thukral said in another tweet.
Making free sanitary pads available in colleges and schools could possibly increase the enrollment and attendance of girl children who, due to lack of sanitary products, miss schooling on a regular basis. Also, using sanitary pads, instead of cloth would ensure appropriate hygiene in the intimate areas saving many girls from catching unwanted diseases.
Recently, Scotland has become the first country to make all sanitary products free to women who need them.
“Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had wrote.