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AGARTALA: The Tripura government, on Wednesday, launched the Kishori Suchita Abhiyan - a scheme that aims to distribute free sanitary napkins to school girls.
“The new scheme will benefit 1 lakh 68 thousand 252 girl students of the state. To implement the new scheme expenditure has been pegged at Rs 60 Lakh 57 thousand 72 for three months of (the) ongoing fiscal year,” state education minister Ratan Lal Nath said.
“The scheme will cover both the government and private schools. One has to spend 28-35 rupees for a packet of sanitary napkins in the open market. Today the cabinet has approved, the budget speech promised to provide free sanitary napkins to schoolgirls for good health,” he said.
“Asha workers buy from the National Health Mission at Rs 5 per packet and sell at Rs 6. Likewise, the state government will also purchase sanitary napkins from the National Health Mission,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nath said there are 1 lakh 68 thousand 252 girls students, from class VI to class XII under the school education department.
(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)