Palike to distribute sanitary pads in schools

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will launch a sanitary napkins distribution drive from March second week, in a move to check growing absenteeism among girl students in its schools.

Taxation and Finance Committee chairperson Manjunath Raju told Deccan Herald that the BBMP has long planned the scheme for girl students studying in Palike-run schools. Also, it had made a budgetary allocation of Rs two crore towards the implementation of the scheme.

However, the scheme could not be implemented owing to several factors, he said.

“We have decided to rope in a few NGOs to ensure the successful implementation of the project. The scheme will go a long way in imbibing the importance of personal hygiene among girl students,” said the chairperson.  The World Health Organisation, which insists on promoting personal hygiene among girl students in developing countries, is keen on popularising sanitary napkin distribution drive.

Girls hesitate to attend classes during their menstruation, which results in low attendance and affects their studies. Thus, to check absenteeism and increase attendance among girl students, the Palike will start the drive soon.

On the implementation of the scheme, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Education Ramesh Raju said that so far three companies hadcome forward to supply sanitary napkins. Of the 18,000 students studying in Palike-run schools, 10,000 students are girls. The Palike is also keen on extending the scheme to government-run schools that fall within the BBMP limits, he said.

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