About Khushi scheme
Menstrual hygiene and awareness regarding the use of Sanitary Napkins among adolescent girls is one of the important areas under the preventive health management initiative. At present, the awareness and usage is less because of, several contributing factors/matters. In order to address this issue, the Govt. of Odisha has announced the scheme of free distribution of Sanitary napkins under “KHUSHI” with an objective to improve menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls (Class 6th to 12th) to reduce the dropout rate from school among girls, and to improve academic parameters.
Why the scheme has been initiated?
As per the data of the National Family Health Survey, in Odisha, 53 percent of women use unhygienic methods, and around 69 percent of women use cloth during menstruation. To address this dire scenario, the Odisha government has initiated Khushi Scheme.
The government of Odisha is also providing sanitary napkins to rural women at subsidized rates of Rs 6 for six napkins through ASHA workers.
The objective of this scheme
- to provide good menstrual hygiene care to women of the state
- to promote health and hygiene among school-going adolescent girls leading to higher retention in school
- and greater empowerment of women
Under the scheme, the government will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. The scheme is being implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of Rs 70 crore per year.
- The web application works to provide sanitary napkins to GOVT. SCHOOLS.
- The web portal keeps track of all inventory and stock management.
- Different users having access can see the reports and do necessary operations.