Dharmendra Pradhan launches Ujjwala sanitary napkin initiative
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative in Bhubaneswar, which will expand women’s access to hygiene products and provide them with employment opportunities in every district of the state. According to the data from the National Family Health Survey-4, overall use of sanitary napkins in Odisha is 33.5 percent and only 42.8 percent of rural women between the age of 15 and 24 years use proper hygienic methods of protection during menstruation. The oil companies came up with this initiative keeping this scenario in mind.
- The 100 local manufacturing units will be set up by oil marketing companies at Common Service Centres (CSCs) across 93 blocks in all 30 districts of Odisha.
- The facility will have the capacity to produce 1200-2000 pads each day. The facility will also have a sterilization room to ensure that the napkins are sterilized before they are packed for use of rural women.
- The companies will provide machinery and raw material for one time. Then the women will manage it and earn by selling the pads.
- The women will also be provided with proper training in the manufacturing and sale of sanitary napkins and the Ujjwala beneficiaries will also be provided with the job.
- The oil companies have started this initiative on a pilot basis and would be expanded across the state if the module gets success.