Tripura Kishori Suchita Abhiyan 2021 – Free Sanitary Napkins to School Girls

Women empowerment often begins at the humblest of roots. Over the years, governments all around the world have tried to localize empowerment efforts so that people are informed and made aware of what to do to empower women.

One such state government to allow that is the Tripura government, where women have, for the longest time, faced oppression and lacked opportunities that enable them to outdo themselves and earn a name of their own in the society.

The state government, in the light of empowerment efforts, has approved the proposal for free sanitary napkins to all girls from class 6th to 12th. Under the implementation of the scheme, girls studying in schools will be provided with free sanitary pads to ensure better menstrual hygiene.

Objective of the Kishori Suchita Abhiyan

The main objective of the Tripura Kishori Suchita Abhiyan is to enable the free distribution of sanitary pads to girl students so that it opens up a dialogue regarding menstrual hygiene and fights the stigma usually surrounding the topic.

This turns out to be a great icebreaker of an initiative, as the government opens up platforms for debate and discussion surrounding women’s hygiene which in turn creates overall awareness.

Moreover, the government will conduct awareness camps in several schools in the state for boys as well, so as to create a healthy mindset on menstruation across genders.

The government will make sanitary pads available in schools thereby making it very accessible to girls.

Impact of the scheme

The Tripura cabinet on 20th January 2021 gave the green light for providing free sanitary pads to girls in grade 6 to grade 12. According to statistics, a total of 1,68,252 students will be covered under this new scheme titled the Kishori Suchita Abhiyan.

The cabinet estimates a total investment of ₹3,61,63,248 from the state’s treasury during a period of three years.

Summing it up

Women have found it really hard to address the issue of personal hygiene for the longest time, especially in really regressive areas of the nation were talking about periods itself is taboo.

With this scheme, the government is trying to open up a healthy dialogue around the topic so that women are no longer ashamed or embarrassed to talk about something that is inherently natural.

Tripura has been in the shadows for a really long time, but with this scheme in place, Tripura has instantly come on to the radar for having progressive ideas in place for women empowerment. Women empowerment has been a topic that has not been addressed in the country for the longest time.

However, with the direct efforts of some activists in collaboration with government agencies, women now find themselves having the confidence to put out their demands and have those demands met. In the long run, this would prove to be incredibly great for the nation, as a country that is following progressive norms has a better chance towards a brighter future.

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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.