Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative for Women Hygiene & Employment 

Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative for Women Hygiene & Employment 

Women, living in the rural areas don’t have access to several facilities. Lack of hygienic products forces women to ignore their personal health. This invites several genital diseases. To eliminate such issues and offer better job opportunities at small scale, the central petroleum ministry has implemented the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative in Odisha. Under this scheme, beneficiaries will attain hygiene related matters and remuneration, by being a part of the sanitary pad manufacturing initiative.

Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative for Women Hygiene & Employment 

Name of the schemeUjjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative
Launched inOdisha
Launched byDharmendra PradhanVerified account
Date of announcement31st December 2018
Estimated implementation date2019
Target beneficiariesRural women
Supervised byMinister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

Key features of the program

  1. Development of women – The central government has implemented the scheme mainly for the betterment of women living in the Odishi villages. All rural areas will be included in this project.
  2. Creation of job openings – Apart from offering health awareness among female applicants, this project will also pave the path for better employment female employment scopes.
  3. Total number of employment opportunities – With the implementation of this scheme, the central government will be able to increase the number of employed women from 35 lakhs to 45 lakhs. Around 600 women will find new avenues of employment with the implementation of this project.
  4. Training for beneficiaries – All selected applicants will have to attend training sessions before they can attain jobs in the sanitary pad manufacturing agencies. This training will be given by the central authority free of cost.
  5. Awareness about hygiene – Opening the pad manufacturing units will also help in generating awareness among the rural women. Easy availability of sanitary pads will encourage women to use these instead of unhygienic alternatives.
  6. Scope for earnings – Each beneficiary will be able to earn anything between Rs. 5000 and Rs. 15,000 by being associated with this scheme.
  7. Sanitary napkin manufacturing – The programs will include the opening of 100 sanitary manufacturing units in the state.
  8. Creation of CSCs – All oil manufacturing companies will come together to fund this project. The monitoring of these units will be done via the CSCs or common service centers.
  9. Implementation radius – The sanitary manufacturing centers will be opened in all 30 districts of Odisha. 93 blocks have already been identified for setting up manufacturing units.
  10. Details of sanitary packs – The draft highlights that every sanitary pack will contain eight pads. The pricing will be done in a manner that women can easily afford it. The price will be Rs. 42 for every packet.
  11. Number of females in each center – All sanitary manufacturing center will be run by female candidates as well. 5 candidates will be put in charge of the manufacturing activities, while the responsibility to market and sell the items will be placed on other five women.
  12. Manufacturing capacity of centers – The central government estimates that every sanitary pad manufacturing center will be able to churn out as many as 1200 to 2000 pads on a regular basis.
  13. Total budget for the scheme – The central authority has announced that for the successful implementation of this project, it will have to shell out Rs. 2.94 crore.

How to get application form and apply for the scheme?

The central government has just announced the implementation of this scheme. There is some time for its actual launch within the state. As the respective authority completes preparation for the final launch, it will come out with the application related details. As the target beneficiaries are residents of rural areas, the authority is expected to keep options of both online and offline application methods. You will be the first to get these details on this portal.

It is the responsibility of the central government and health care units, at all levels to create awareness about hygiene. Women, especially living in the rural and remote areas do not have access to hygienic products. This program will not only create a platform for spreading awareness, but will also create adequate opportunities for the rural female candidates to earn their own living.

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