Government slashes price of sanitary pads sold At Jan Aushad
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In a massive push for women hygiene, the government will slash price of sanitary napkins sold from its Jan Aushadhi Kendras to just Rs. 1 per piece from Rs. 2.50 currently. The biodegradable sanitary napkins 'Suvidha' will be available at the subsidised price at designated centres from August 27, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya told PTI in an interview here. The pads are sold in a pack of four which currently cost Rs. 10. These from Tuesday (August 27)will be priced for Rs. 4 only, he said.

'We are launching oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkins at Rs. 1 from tomorrow. These napkins under the brand name Suvidha will be available at 5,500 Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country', Mr Mandaviya said.

'During the last one year, around 2.2 crore sanitary napkins have been sold from these stores. With reduction in the prices, we expect the sales to jump over two times. We are focusing on quality, affordability and accessibility', Mr Mandaviya added.

At a time when average market price of a sanitary napkin is between Rs. 6-8, this will give a major boost for empowering the women of India, he added. The government will take steps to ensure that there is no diversion of these subsidised sanitary napkins, he added.

According to the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, about 58 per cent of women aged between 15 to 24 years use locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins and tampons, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers had earlier said in a statement.

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