CIL installs sanitary napkin vending machines with incinerators in 50 schools of Purulia Dist. in West Bengal - over 7500 girls benefitted pic.twitter.com/rEWF4OSbGu— Coal India Limited (@CoalIndiaHQ) September 28, 2017
In July 2017, University Grants Commission (UGC) had asked Universities to install sanitary napkin incinerators in women's hostels to ensure proper disposal of menstrual waste. The UGC communication further said that HLL Lifecare Limited, a PSU under health ministry has introduced sanitary napkin-vending machines and incinerators.
On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister launched 'Suchita Yojana' scheme; under which automated sanitary napkin vending machines were installed in close to 2000 government schools, at a nominal price. Haryana, Kerala and many other state governments had announced of and implemented norms related to this concern.
In a Women's Day gift this year, the AAP government announced reduction in tax on sanitary napkins from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent. Citing the government's concern for hygiene of women, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia made the announcement in the budget for 2017-18.
Added taxation on sanitary napkins garnered huge uproar soon after the announcement of the budget. According to Students Federation of India (SFI), in the recent budget of Narendra Modi government, sanitary pads are considered as luxury items and taxed accordingly, but, the reality is that these are utter necessity of a woman for healthy life.
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