Government of India has launched a new scheme for women. Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins initiative for women Hygiene and Employment in Odisha. Under this scheme, all the women will get access to the usage of hygienic products along with employment opportunities in every district of the state. This scheme of central government will be a counter of the state run Khushi Scheme in which govt. provides free sanitary napkins to female students of govt. and govt. aided schools in the state.
In the first phase of Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin Initiative, Oil Marketing Companies will setup around 100 local manufacturing units and they will setup these units at common service centers (CSCs) across 93 blocks in 30 districts in Odisha. Common Service Centres (CSCs) are facilities which are set up to deliver government e-services in rural and remote locations.
As per the report of National Family Health Survey (NFHS), the overall usage of sanitary napkins in Odisha is 33.5% which is very low. So, the central government wants to make usage of sanitary napkins to large amount.
Initiative of Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins
To promote hygiene and for providing job opportunities to women the central govt has started Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin Initiative. Each manufacturing unit would be setup at an approximate cost of Rs. 2.94 crores. Cost for each pack will be Rs.42/-, Each Pack comprise of 8 sanitary pads. Moreover, each manufacturing unit will employ 5 or 6 Ujjwala beneficiaries. So, this initiative will provide employment to nearly 600 women across all the districts.
All the women will receive training in manufacturing and sale of sanitary napkins, then this initiative will provide opportunities to women to earn between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month. This scheme is going to make women self reliant as the previous measures of distributing money to women through revolving funds is insufficient.
Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative will raise the overall usage of sanitary napkins in women and will promote women hygiene. This initiative will provide an opportunity to all the ujjwala beneficiaries to earn in poor and rural areas. Now such ujjwala scheme beneficiaries can earn in the hours saved from no longer having to cook on firewood.
At each center, around 5 women would be involved in production and another 5 in marketing. A local women can play a major role in marketing the product. Around 35 lakh women have been benefited by Ujjwala Yojana and now this number could reach upto 45 lakh women. Each facility can produce between 1200 to 2000 pads per days.
Sanitary pads would be made from biodegradable substances like virgin wood pulp sheet, non-woven white sheet and a gel sheet. Sterilization rooms would be setup at units to ensure that the products are packed in a hygienic manner.
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