August 28, 2019
Govt. Reduces Price Of Biodegradable Sanitary Pads To One Rupee
The central government has recently reduced the prices of Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin from Rs 2.50 to one rupee per pad. This is done to make menstrual hygiene products more affordable and accessible in the rural belts of the country after the government launched the product last year in June, reports India Today. “About 28 million girls are reported to be leaving education because of lack of availability of good quality Sanitary Napkin pads at a reasonable cost. Suvidha napkin will now be available at only one rupee per pad,” said Mansukh L. Mandaviya, minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers. Women can avail these sanitary pads from ‘designated’ centres from August 27. These pads are sold in a cluster of four pads in one pack which was being sold at Rs 10 up until now but the price of the four pads pack is now reduced to four rupees.“We are launching oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkins at one rupee from tomorrow. These napkins under the brand name Suvidha will be available at 5,500 Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country,” Mandaviya said. According to the government, over 1.30 crore pads were sold at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) in the last one year until July 31, 2019. It is claimed that the pads are made with special additives making it completely biodegradable when it comes in contact with Oxygen once it is discarded.