Rajasthan's new year gift to girls is Sanitary Pad Vending M
If all goes to plan, Rajasthan is set to become India's first state to provide free sanitary napkins to college students. The department of higher education has decided to install free sanitary napkin vending machines in all 189 government colleges in the state from the next academic session starting July 2019.

Rajasthan has 2.8 lakh girls in government colleges. For many poor and low-income families, sanitary pads are still out of reach. The move came after a consistent drive by health advocacy groups to install such machines.

As per the scheme, sanitary napkins will be distributed to women aged between 15 and 45 in schools, colleges, anganwadi centres as well as sub-health centres. Bhanwar Singh Bhati of the higher education department told TOI that the proposal was being sent to the government. “An allocation of Rs 2.5 crore is required.” he further said.

The measure is part of the new government's 60-day programme - government college education was made free for girls as part of this too.

Highlights:
- Rajasthan is set to become India's first state to provide free sanitary napkins to college students
- The state has over 2.8 lakh girls in government colleges
- The move came after a consistent drive by health advocacy groups to install such machines.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/rajasthan-college-girls-set-to-get-free-sanitary-pads/articleshow/67331214.cms
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