Now Odisha government will provide free sanitary pads to girl students of Class VI to XII studying in government and government-aided schools in the state under the ‘Khushi Scheme’.
For this, Rs 466.08 crore will be spent in five years which will benefit 17.25 lakh girl students.
Besides, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalayas located in the state will also be covered under the scheme. Each girl student will be provided 18 beltless sanitary napkins per month.
Speaking to media after the cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi said this initiative will help to improve health, hygiene, attendance and academic performance in schools.
The other proposals approved by the state cabinet include identifying professional courses under KALIA Scholarship scheme, regulations of nurses, lab assistants, technicians, pharmacists and health workers, mega lift irrigation projects, piped water supply projects, Rs 3000 crore bank guarantee to GRIDCO and provision of night meals at Aahar Canteens, among others.