It is not for the first time that sanitary napkins for girls in school were promised in Punjab budget. The first such budgetary allocation was made in 2016-17 when then finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa under SAD-BJP government announced ‘Swastha Kanya Yojna’.
Though most men may shirk away when it comes to the 'period talk', sanitary napkins ironically were initially made for them. These disposable pads were developed by nurses in France to control the bleeding of the soldiers injured during battle.
The Council announced quarterly return-filing and monthly tax payments for businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 5 crore as against the current threshold of Rs 1.5 crore, a move that is expected to benefit 93 per cent of registered GST taxpayers.
'Subhra' is one such technological intervention by which mandays involved in the extraction of jute fibres are drastically reduced with improved quality. Union minister Smriti Irani said that for jute MSP operation government has spent Rs 46.86 crore.
BJP MP from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur, said cheap and good quality sanitary napkins will be made and distributed to women in his constituency. Self-help groups and mahila mandals will be part of the campaign.
“We will try to implement the scheme from March 8, International Women’s Day. Due to its cost, the use of sanitary napkins is only 17 per cent. Besides, the girls’ attendance in the school is also an important issue...,” said Pankaja Munde, state Rural Development minister.