Indian government launches biodegradable sanitary napkins for Rs. 2.50 each
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Indian government launched oxo-biodegradable sanitary pads named ‘Suvidha’ for just Rs. 2.50 each. The sanitary pads will be available across the country at 3,200 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi centers. They’ll be available in packs of four priced at Rs. 10 each.
Speaking at the launch, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said, ‘this affordable sanitary pad will promote hygiene, ease of disposal as well as keep the environment clean’.
The Suvidha pads will be available by May 28, 2018 which is also World Menstrual Hygiene Day. Majority of women in rural areas in India still do not use a hygienic method of menstrual protection. According to National Family Health Survey- 4 (2015-2016), 62% young women in the country in the age group 15 to 24 years still use cloth for menstrual protection.