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Odisha Govt to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls

Bhubaneswar, February 26, 2018: Odisha Government, under 'Khushi' scheme, will provide free sanitary napkins to girl students from class VI to XII in Government and Government-aided schools in the State.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the launching of the scheme benefitting 17 lakh female students.

“I am happy to announce “KHUSHI” universal provisioning of free sanitary napkins to all 17 lakh girls in Government and Government aided schools from Class VI to XII,” announced Patnaik.

The Chief Minister asserted that, “In addition to this, we will also expand social marketing of sanitary napkins for women and girls in the community at subsidised rates.”

Maintaining that the State Government is always committed to the empowerment of women, Patnaik said, “From Mission Shakti to MAMATA to 50 percent reservation-women have been the focal of all our key interventions.”

“In continuation of our pro-women initiatives, I am happy to announce “KHUSHI” universal provisioning of free sanitary napkins to all 17 lakh girls in Government and Government aided schools from Class VI to XII,” announced Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

“I am sure this step will go a long way in promoting health hygiene among school going adolescent girls leading to higher retention in school and greater empowerment of women,” Patnaik added.

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