Punjab Free Sanitary Napkin Scheme 2020-2021 | Muft Sanitary Pad Yojana for School Girls by Captain Amarinder Singh

Sanitation, over the years, has grown to be of prime importance. However, certain rural areas in India still look at menstrual hygiene to be a matter of taboo and hence these discussions often go unaddressed. To beat the stigma and to get over the fence to a more progressive society, the state government of Punjab has taken an initiative titled the Punjab Free Sanitary Napkin Scheme 2020-21.

About the scheme

Under the implementation of the scheme, the state government of Punjab intends to offer free sanitary pads to girl students in governmental or government-aided schools across Punjab.

The scheme aims to serve the basic objective of normalizing public discussions about menstrual health and hygiene. This is a great initiative by the Punjab government as it would be offering avenues for girl students to opt for proper practices during their menstrual cycles.

Salient features of the Punjab Free Sanitary pad scheme

The most important features the scheme has to offer are mentioned herewith:

  1. These sanitary pads will remain available in specific protective packages and would be absolutely free of cost for girls.
  2. These sanitary pads would be easy to dispose of and will be biodegradable, thereby ensuring eco-friendliness.
  3. These Biodegradable pads will be of the highest quality and will promote the Swachhta, Swasthya, and Suvidha for poor women across the state of Punjab.
  4. The scheme will promote menstrual hygiene for women and provide relief to girls and women thereby leading to huge strides towards women empowerment.
  5. Through the implementation of this scheme, the Punjab government will also see a significant decline in waste as these pads would be biodegradable.

Menstrual Hygiene awareness through the scheme

The main objective of the scheme is to create avenues for discussion. It has been observed time and again that women miss out on better alternatives to menstrual hygiene simply because they do not indulge in conversations that involve menstruation more openly. This leads to a knowledge gap and compels women to resort to ineffective practices leading to further health complications.

Through this scheme, the Punjab government sends a progressive message to women in the state – menstruation is normal, and using sanitary resources to get through the cycle is not only good but highly encouraged.

In conclusion

With the implementation of the scheme, the discussion around sanitary napkins can now become all the more prominent. People will now realize the normality around it and ensure that they encourage more women to practice hygienic methods to deal with menstruation.

This could well be the first step in women empowerment – allowing women to practice hygienic methods for biological processes. This will make them less conscious about their bodies and thereby enable them to focus on their work or studies a lot more. A nation is only as progressive as it treats its women.

With this scheme, women would be well-treated as it shows that basic hygiene should not be a luxury; it should be a prerogative. And that is quite the message that the implementation of this scheme sends across. 

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.