Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has launched
the ‘Swechha’ programme under which they will distribute sanitary napkins to adolescent school girls free of cost to improve hygiene and health situation in government schools and colleges.
According to reports, over 23 percent of girls miss their regular school days during their menstruation period because of the lack of hygiene facilities in the school. To improve this situation, the state government has also planned to improve toilets in government schools.
Under the initiative, the state government will be distributing quality sanitary napkins to over 10 lakh students from 7-12 grades at the cost of Rs.32 crore. Students will be receiving 120 pads each year.
The students will also learn about the proper disposal of sanitary pads, where separate dustbins and 6,417 incinerators will be provided under the Clean Andhra Pradesh (CLAP) Programme. Reddy said, “The government initiated Nadu-Nedu and revamping all the toilets in 56,703 schools and hostels by constructing them with running water facilities. In the first phase, 15,715 schools have been renovated, and all the remaining schools will be completed by 2023.”
Source: NDTV, Careers 360