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Centre launches affordable biodegradable sanitary napkins

New Delhi, March 8, 2018: The Union Government on Thursday launched biodegradable sanitary napkin marking the International Women’s Day. The affordable sanitary napkin will be available for Rs 2.50 per pad across the country.

It will be available at over 3,200 Janaushadhi Kendras across India and would ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged women of the country, said Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananthkumar.

He announced the launch of ‘Suvidha’, the 100% Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), here.

“This is a special gift for all Women on the occasion of International Woman’s day, as this unique product would ensure Affordability, Hygiene as well as ease of use and disposal for them.

SUVIDHA napkins would be physically available at all Janaushadhi Kendras in the country by May 28, 2018 - World Menstrual Hygiene Day, the Minister informed.

According to the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, about 58 percent of women aged between 15 to 24 years use locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins and tampons. Further, about 78 percent women in urban areas use hygienic methods of protection during menstrual period; only 48 percent women in rural areas have access to clean sanitary napkins.

Ananthkumar’s deputy Mansukh Lal Mandaviya explained the term ‘Oxo-biodegradable’ and said that a special additive is added in the SUVIDHA napkin which makes it biodegradable when it reacts with oxygen after it is used and discarded.

“The average price of sanitary napkins available in the market today is around Rs 8 per pad, whereas now with the launch of the SUVIDHA napkins at Rs 2.50 per pad. This will go a long way in making the basic hygiene requirement aid for Women affordable for the underprivileged sections,” said Mandaviya.

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