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Punjab Government To Provide Free Sanitary Pads To Women

In the first phase, about 50 females are being covered at each Anganwadi Centre and sanitary pads would be given to 13.65 lakh beneficiaries each month

Punjab Government To Provide Free Sanitary Pads To Women
A total of 1.23 crore pads will be distributed under ‘Udaan Scheme’ in Punjab
Highlights
  • The scheme will be implemented at all 27,314 Anganwadi centres in Punjab
  • Free sanitary pads will be distributed under the 'Udaan Scheme'
  • 9 sanitary pads per month will be provided free of cost to needy females

Chandigarh: Punjab government will provide free sanitary pads to needy women every month at all 27,314 Anganwadi centres across the state under the ‘Udaan Scheme’. The scheme was formally launched by Social Security and Women and Child Development Minister Razia Sultana at Malerkotla recently. Disclosing this here today (December 22), Minister Razia Sultana said that a myriad of initiatives have been taken by the government to empower the women in Punjab. Now, nine sanitary pads per month will be provided free of cost to the needy females at all the Anganwadi Centers in the state.

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In the first phase, about 50 females are being covered at each Anganwadi Centre and sanitary pads would be given to 13.65 lakh beneficiaries each month. A total of 1.23 crore pads will be distributed under this scheme.

On the occasion, the minister also directed to commence uploading of Sanitary Pad record Proforma on the M-Seva application.

Apart from this, a women’s shop has been set up in Malerkotla district, where females can sell indigenous and homemade goods, in a bid to empower the women.

Razia Sultana said that the state government was also taking sincere efforts to increase the girl’s sex ratio in Punjab.

Under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the parents of the girls are being honoured while the essential goods kits have also been provided to the newborn girls. Minister Sultana herself distributed such kits to 100 newborn girls during a special function at Malerkotla.

Director of Social Security and Women and Child Development DPS Kharbanda said that a jingle has been made by the social security department to spread awareness among the people to increase the sex ratio of girls. He said that this informative jingle would be played on various platforms across the state.

Also Read: Project Baala Provides Over 2.7 Lakh Sanitary Pads For Free To 90,000 Poor Women During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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