Say yes to period, no to litter

After Kerala became the first Indian state to make sanitary napkin vending machines compulsory in all higher secondary schools, its time for Hazaribagh to tread on a similar path.

By Our Correspondent in Hazaribagh
  • Published 6.12.17
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HELP AT HAND: An incinerator at a Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya in Hazaribagh. Telegraph picture

Hazaribagh: After Kerala became the first Indian state to make sanitary napkin vending machines compulsory in all higher secondary schools, its time for Hazaribagh to tread on a similar path.

According to deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla, Hazaribagh became the first district in the state to install ten sanitary napkin vending machines and as many incinerators at the ten Kasturba Gandhi Awasiya Balika Vidyalayas.

"Menstrual hygiene is one of the most important aspects of Swachh Bharat and keeping this in mind we have installed the machines to benefit 3,400 schoolchildren across the district," said deputy commissioner Shukla.

Installation of the vending machines and incinerators started in the first week of November and got over by November 25. The district administration spent a sum of Rs 4 lakh to procure both the machines.

District superintendent of education Indu Bhushan Singh said tokens had been distributed among the girls through which they could collect napkins and dispose them of as and when required.

"The children can collect the napkins for free, They no longer need to bunk classes while they are on their period or feel embarrassed to throw them away," said Singh.

Rita Kumari, warden of Kasturba school in Church Block, said earlier girls would flush the napkins in the toilets or litter them on the campus. "This further created an unhygienic environment for the students. Thankfully now we can expect cleaner toilets," added Rita Kumari.

Students are equally excited to try the 'new machines' on their campus.

"We thank the district administration for looking into our needs. Earlier I use to bunk classes or remain absent whenever I was on my period. Now I don't have to worry anymore. It's a great move," said a student of a Kasturba Gandhi school.