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India’s Real PadMan, Arunachalam Muruganantham Is A Testimony That Not All Superheroes Wear A Cape: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri appreciates Arunachalam Muruganantham for giving India its very first low-cost sanitary napkins machine, while Akshay Kumar for highlighting the issue of Menstrual Hygiene in India through his movie PadMan

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New Delhi: India’s real and reel life PadMen gets applauded from Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri for their efforts to teach India the most important yet ignored the subject of Menstrual Hygiene. Appreciating the efforts of the Real PadMan, Arunachalam Muruganantham, the minister said, ‘While we celebrate achievements of our girls and women, we can no longer ignore their basic needs and rights. Murugan, admirably played by @akshaykumar not just spoke of it publicly but also made pads available and affordable. He is testimony that not all superheroes wear a cape.”

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India’s reel life PadMan, Akshay Kumar, also gets a thumbs up, lauding his efforts, minister Hardeep Singh Puri added,

Padman is a beautiful depiction of an issue that is still a taboo. Lakshmi who was instrumental in getting @UN_Women support for this excellent biopic saw it with me. Gender responsive issues such as these are key elements of @SwachhBharatGov & WASH Agenda.

In 2004, Arunachalam Muruganantham gave the world its very own low-cost sanitary pad making machine just to provide rural women easy, low-cost and safe access to sanitary pads. For his innovation he has won the National Innovation Foundation’s Grassroots Technological Innovations Award at IIT Madras in 2006 and in 2016 received the Padma Shri.

On the other hand, Actor Akshay Kumar who played the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham recently not just through his movie PadMan is helping India break the silence around menstruation, but is also doing his best to provide easy access to safe menstrual products to women. He is on a mission to introduce 60 sanitary napkins vending machine in Maharashtra.

The actor has already placed a sanitary pad vending machine at Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot earlier in February, and is in a hope to place more across the State and eventually hopefully the whole country.

Also Read: Ahead Of International Women’s Day, Odisha Government Launches ‘Khushi’ Scheme To Provide Free Sanitary Pads To 17 Lakh Students

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