Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Government launched a unique scheme ‘Swechha’ under which branded sanitary napkins would be supplied free to female students of Government educational institutions, in a bid to ensure access to menstrual hygiene for adolescent girls and young women. The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Tuesday.
"We are a government that strongly believes that the power to change history lies with the women in our state, let us help them move forward," the Chief Minister said.
He said "One should not shy away from talking about menstruation. We need to create more awareness among female students and educate them on safe practices." Under the initiative, notably, the state government will provide quality branded sanitary napkins to female students at government educational institutions, free of cost. Ten sanitary napkins will be given every month to about 10 lakh adolescent girls studying from 7-12 grades in all government schools and intermediate colleges across the state at a financial outlay of Rs 32 crore. A total of 120 napkins per year is allotted to every female student. Even during summer vacations, the students will be supplied with their quota before they leave school.