To improve personal hygiene among adolescent girls, Sulabh International, working on sanitation, has decided to set up a sanitary napkin factory in Odisha.
Only 30% adolescent girls in urban areas and less than 1% in the rural belt use sanitary napkins, said founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement Bindeshwar Pathak, who was here to launch the Swaach Vidyalaya Campaign.
“We have plans to install a napkin dispenser and incinerators to ensure menstrual hygiene among girls in the state. We would involve the government in the project,” said Pathak. “Prior to that we want to create awareness among children on sanitation and hygiene,” he said. The plant will churn out 2,000 napkins a day and each napkin would cost Rs 2 apiece, he added.