The Centre inaugurated ‘Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins’ manufacturing units in Odisha which are being seen as an attempt to counter the ‘Khushi’ scheme launched by the State government.
About Khushi Scheme:
As part of its initiatives to empower women, the Odisha government, last year, launched this scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.
The scheme will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crores per year.
Under this scheme, the Health Department of Odisha Government aims to provide free sanitary pads to 1.7 million girl students from grade 6th to 12th in government and government-aided schools. Also, it aims to promote health and hygiene among school going girls and higher retention of girls in school.