New Delhi: The uptake of Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Napkins among women in the country has increased to 55 per cent from around 30 per cent in the last three years, according to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. The rural uptake of sanitary pads in the same period has gone up from around 12 per cent to 45 per cent, Mr Mandaviya said on Thursday (December 14). Since inception in June 2018 till November 30, 2023, over 47.87 crore Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Pads have been sold at Jan Aushadhi Kendras, according to the government data.
Talking about the impact of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’s (PMBJP) Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Napkins programme, the Health Minister said,
The use of sanitary pads has recorded a substantial increase among rural women under the PMBJP which in the past was restricted to urban population.
Mr Mandaviya emphasised that by providing accessible sanitary pads, the government is empowering women, enabling them to lead healthier lives and play a more significant role in the nation’s progress. He said,
To ensure women’s health, PM Modi through the Jan Aushadi Kendra made more than 35 crore sanitary pads available to the women in villages. In 2014, the reach of sanitary pads in villages was 11-12 per cent, now it has increased to 45 per cent. Women are being empowered to contribute to the development of the country.
Keeping in view the health of the women in terms of hygiene, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), the Government launched Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins at Rs. 2.50 per pad in June 2018.
To make sanitary pads more affordable and accessible to women, the government slashed the price to Re 1 per pad from Rs 2.50 in August 2019. The average price of sanitary napkins available in the market currently is around Rs 8 per pad.
With Suvidha napkin, the government aims to make the much-needed product affordable for underprivileged women.
These napkins are sold at a highly subsidised rate of Rs. 1 per pad in over 10,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country.
(With inputs from agencies)
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