TN Free Sanitary Napkin Scheme 2021 – Tamil Nadu Menstrual Hygiene Program for Women in Urban Areas

India is a developing country, and like all developing countries out there, India is increasingly addressing traditional beliefs and overcoming them one by one. Among these progressive attempts is one that has been under the radar for the longest time, and that is – menstrual hygiene.

Owing to the taboo around the topic, women have seldom discussed the ills of poor menstrual hygiene which has long-lasting effects on them. To normalize menstrual discussions and to bring the topic to the forefront, the government of Tamil Nadu has initiated the Tamil Nadu Sanitary Napkin Scheme 2021.

About the scheme

The Tamil Nadu Sanitary Napkin scheme 2021 is an innovative initiative by the Tamil Nadu state government. Under the scheme, the state government will provide free sanitary napkins to women in urban areas. To implement this, the state government has sanctioned ₹44.25 crores.

This scheme is actually an extension of the Free Sanitary Pad Scheme, which is being implemented in the rural areas in Tamil Nadu for about 9 years and will now finally extend its help and support to women in the urban areas.

Delivery of the Pads in Tamil Nadu

Here is how the implementation of the scheme would be carried out in Tamil Nadu

  1. The Sanitary pads will be delivered to government schools for free
  2. There would also be an acknowledgement generated and will be obtained by the Urban Health nurse in the school
  3. The Urban health nurses will also go to the ICDS every Saturday along with the Anganwadi workers to reach out to as many women as possible.
  4. The Urban Health Nurse and Anganwadi workers will distribute health kits to girls who are not part of the government schools so that they do not miss out on menstrual hygiene just because they are not in a position to attend school.
  5. The Urban Health nurse will also distribute the kits to postnatal mothers during home visits as they too are in need of resources to help them get through their menstrual cycles.
  6. The Free Sanitary napkin scheme in Tamil Nadu is set to cover around 1000 health centers in the metro cities of Tamil Nadu and several schools in the state as well.

Dignity Kits

The taboo around menstruation and its discussions have always made it a hush-hush discussion. The state government will provide Dignity kits which will have hygiene and sanitary items apart from other items to cater to local needs of the women and help girls during the reproductive age especially in certain backward communities.

In conclusion

Women need to be educated about Sanitary conditions and what they need to help them through those days. With this great initiative from the Tamil Nadu government, women now have a chance to improve their menstrual health and not shroud the discussion under shame anymore.

Menstrual health needs to be discussed not only to enable women to better hygiene but to also empower themselves.

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.