Odisha Cabinet Clears Free Sanitary Pad Scheme For Schoolgirls


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet on Friday approved the Khusi scheme, a proposal of the Health and Family Welfare Department. It is aimed at improving menstrual hygiene among adolescent girl students of the state.
Under the scheme, free sanitary napkins will be provided to 17.25 lakh adolescent girl students of Class-VI to XII studying in government and non-government aided schools of the state. The Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalayas will also be covered under the scheme.  Each girl student will be provided with 18 beltless sanitary napkins per month.
The scheme will be implemented in coordination with the School and Mass Education; Scheduled Tribe & Scheduled Caste Development and Minorities and Backward Classes, and Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Departments.

The Cabinet approved the scheme with an outlay of Rs 466.08 crore over a period of five years.

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