In February 2018, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje had announced that sanitary napkins will be provided to women in rural areas of Rajasthan. The announcement was a part of a new health scheme. Rs 76 crore had been allotted for this initiative.
Sanitary napkin vending machines will be installed in all 189 government colleges. The decision was made by the department of higher education and will be implemented from next academic session starting July 2019.
As per the scheme, sanitary napkins will be distributed to women aged between 15 and 45 in schools, colleges, anganwadi centers as well as sub-health centers.
Health and education remain two important areas that need immediate attention in Rajasthan. Menstruation is still a taboo in many states of India, especially in rural areas. Such developments will be very helpful for the women in the future.