After some media reports claimed that the supply of sanitary napkins to Delhi government schools was going to be discontinued, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Sunday issued notices to the CBI, the education department and the supplier concerned, asking for an inquiry into the issue.
“The sudden withdrawal from the contract by the said company may severely impact the supply of sanitary napkins to Delhi government schools and be detrimental to the welfare of adolescent girls,” stated the notice.
In the notice, DCW chief Swati Maliwal referred to Kishori Yojana — a scheme to provide sanitary napkins free-of cost to 7.3 lakh Delhi students from classes VI to XII.
“It is evident that the discontinuation of supply of sanitary napkins shall adversely affect the health and hygiene of adolescent girls and may also affect their school attendance during menstruation,” said Maliwal.
In its notice to the CBI, the DCW said the report was “very disturbing” and needed to be “urgently enquired into”.
“The CBI is entrusted with the role of being the highest law enforcement agency of the country… In this regard, please provide the following details for the perusal of the Commission: Enquiry report on the allegations raised in the above mentioned report. If found guilty, details of action proposed against personnel responsible for the lapse,” said the DCW.