November 29, 2011 2:52:52 am
To promote menstrual hygiene among the adolescent girls,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday launched the kishori scheme for young girls studying in the government and aided schools of Delhi. Under the scheme,sanitary napkins will be provided to girls every month in their school.
Dikshit,along with the Minister of Education Arvinder Singh Lovely,also inaugurated a workshop to train school teachers and other officers of the Education department on matters of sanitation and hygiene. Young girls find it difficult to discuss such matters,therefore,it should be tackled with sensitivity,Dikshit said. While the ladli yojana was started to encourage girls to complete their school education and meet the gender ratio in education,this scheme is a little beyond that,she said.
According to the Director of Education,Diwan Chand the ministry has tied up with Johnson & Johnson and will be spending approximately Rs 10 crore on the scheme annually. Speaking on the occasion,Arvinder Singh Lovely said,We will also be starting district-wise workshops to train teachers for the scheme. He said since 2005,the number of girls in Delhi schools have increased and thus the girl child is the departments top priority.
The scheme is likely to benefit 7.5 lakh girls studying in classes VI to XII. The scheme is being implemented in 729 schools with effect from December 1,2011. This scheme aims at providing greater dignity for our girls, said Dikshit.
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