Girl stu­dents to get san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing ma­chine at civic schools

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STU­DENTS CAN BUY SAN­I­TARY NAP­KINS BY PAY­ING RS2 FOR A NAP­KIN. THIS WILL PRO­MOTE HYGIENE AMONG THEM

CBD BELAPUR: Girl stu­dents in civic schools will now be pro­vided san­i­tary nap­kins by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC).

In a pi­lot pro­ject, the NMMC has in­stalled san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing ma­chine at a civic school Ra­jshri Chat­tra­p­ati Shahu Ma­haraj Vidyalay in Ambed­kar Na g ar, Ra­bale. Stu­dents can buy san­i­tary nap­kins for a nom­i­nal charge of Rs2 for a nap­kin.

The ini­tia­tive is part of a se­ries of pro­grammes planned by the NMMC for the ben­e­fit of women.

The ini­tia­tive was launched by mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane on Tues­day.

“This is to en­sure that girl stu­dents do not face awk­ward sit­u­a­tions and also to pro­mote hygiene among them. Such a fa­cil­ity will also re­duce ab­sen­teeism among girls be­cause of the is­sue,” said Son­awane.

“The ma­chine’s ca­pac­ity is 40 nap­kins and each will be given to the stu­dents at a nom­i­nal rate of Rs2,” said the mayor.

Ac­cord­ing t o Son­awane, based on the use and need of the ma­chine in the pi­lot pro­ject, the pro­gramme will be im­ple­mented in other civic schools as well.

“We want to en­sure that stu­dents from eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions get the best of fa­cil­i­ties,” said Son­awane.

A guid­ance sem­i­nar on a ‘ Safe and happy pe­riod’ was con­ducted on the oc­ca­sion by Sarika Gupta, a vol­un­teer from the non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gani- sa­tion Agis.

Gupta spoke t o stu­dents of Classes 8 and 9 about the pre­cau­tions they need to take dur­ing their pe­ri­ods. She also talked about the myths and su­per­sti­tions as­so­ci­ated with men­stru­a­tion. I n an open fo­rum, Gupta an­swered var­i­ous ques­tions raised by stu­dents.

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