Updated: February 19, 2021 10:02:20 am
In an initiative said to be the first of its kind in Tamil Nadu, the Cuddalore police have installed sanitary napkin vending machines at 65 places across the district.
M Sree Abhinav, the Superintendent of Police, Cuddalore district, inaugurated the initiative on Wednesday at the district police office. Speaking at the event, Abhinav said he came up with this initiative after he held a discussion with the women police on the steps needed to be made to make the working space better.
A single biodegradable pad can be obtained by depositing five rupees in the vending machine.
தமிழக காவல்துறையில் பெண் காவலர்கள், பெண் காவல் அதிகாரிகள் மற்றும் பெண் அமைச்சு பணியாளர்களின் உடல்நலனை பேணிக்காக்க கடலூர் மாவட்டத்தில் புதிய சானிட்டரி நாப்கின் வெண்டிங் மெஷின் சிறப்பு திட்டத்தை மாவட்ட காவல் கண்காணிப்பாளர் திரு M. ஸ்ரீ அபிநவ் IPS அவர்கள் துவக்கி வைத்தார் pic.twitter.com/idEytfk0tu
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Sponsored by the Sanmar Group, the machine will be installed at the District police office, armed reserve, all-women police stations, etc. The facility will also be available in a mobile toilet for women cops. He said the initiative will be helpful for officers who are especially deployed in bandobast duties during the visit of VIPs and those stationed in public areas.
Speaking to the reporters, the women police personnel expressed a sign of relief. They said they start their duties as early a 5 am and sometimes return at midnight or even the next day and in those circumstances, and this sort of initiative helps them in a great way.
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DSP K Shanthi said the initiative is a great help as it will help them concentrate on their duty without any distractions. “If we get periods during our duty time in public spaces, we seek help from any of the nearby houses. This will create some unnecessary tension and it will affect our work. This scheme which has been introduced now is highly beneficial for us,” she said.
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