Maharashtra Govt. to launch Asmita Scheme – Sanitary Pads for Women & Girls Hygiene in Rural Areas

Published Date - 28 February 2018 01:54:34 Updated Date - 28 February 2018 01:55:19

On the eve of International Women's Day, Maharashtra government plans to roll out Asmita Yojana, a scheme under which sanitary napkins will be sold at an affordable price - at Rs 5 per packet for schoolgoing girls and at Rs 24 and Rs 29 per packet for rural women.

This scheme is to prevent the asmita (pride) of women and thus will result in “Women Empowerment”. Accordingly, Asmita Scheme will reduce the dropout rate in the state. This Maharashtra govt. scheme will benefit all the female students between 11 to 19 years of age to maintain personal hygiene.

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Maharashtra Asmita Scheme – Details

Scheme Name

Maharashtra Asmita Scheme 2018/ | महाराष्ट्रअस्मितायोजना 2018

Launched By

Maharashtra State Government


subsidized sanitary pads


women and girls in Rural areas

Pack Size

8 Sanitary Napkins

Price of Each pack



The important features and highlights of this scheme are as follows:-

  • Govt. will provide 8 small sanitary pads at just Rs. 24 and larger sized pads at Rs. 29.
  • Subsequently, all the girls studying in Zilla Parishad Schools can avail these packages at Rs. 5.
  • For this reason, govt. will launch an app for the distribution of pads in rural areas.
  • Asmita scheme will reduce the number of dropouts among schoolgirls.
  • It is essential as the women which does not maintain menstrual hygiene are more susceptible for reproductive compilation.
  • Under this scheme, all the female child between 11 to 19 years of age which remain absent for around 50 to 60 days per year during their menstruation period.
  • To tackle these problems, govt. will create awareness among girls and women in order to lead a healthy life.
  • Asmita Scheme will help woman and girls to maintain personal hygiene. Govt. will focus on making affordable sanitary pads available to female in rural areas.
  • Rural Development Department will act as a nodal agency to distribute sanitary napkins to women.

Govt. will implement this scheme with the help of Women Self-Help Groups. The primary objective is to increase the percentage of women using sanitary pads which currently stands at 17%. Due to shortage of sanitary napkins, the girls tend to miss schools.

Thus Asmita Scheme will help girls in maintaining hygiene and thus will lead to reduction in reproductive complications. Furthermore, govt. is also going to create awareness about the scheme.

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