Govt Announces Reduction In Price Of Sanitary Pads To Rs. 1
GUWAHATI: The government on Monday, August 27 announced that it is slashing the price of Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin from Rs. 2.50 to Re. 1 per pad to make sanitary pads more affordable and accessible to women.
The Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin was launched in June 2018. According to a report by Livemint, till July 31 this year, over 1.30 crore pads were sold at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) in more than 5500 kendras across the country.
The Suvidha napkin also has a special additive in it which makes it 100% biodegradable when it reacts with oxygen after it is used and discarded.
The government has claimed that this is an important step in ensuring health and hygiene for the section of women who still use unhygienic aids during their menstrual period due to being unable to afford sanitary pads.