International Women’s Day: Govt launches low cost oxo-biodegradable sanitary pads

 The central government marked Women’s Day by launching a scheme called ‘Suvidha.’ Under this scheme low cost oxo-biodegradable napkins will be made available at affordable rates in Jan Aushadhi stores across India

International Women's Day: Govt launches low cost oxo-biodegradable sanitary pads

  • Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar launched the 100% oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkin ‘Suvdiha’.
  • The sanitary pads will cost Rs 2.50 per pad.
  • These napkins be available at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana stores from 28th May.
  • Low-cost sanitary pads are part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of delivering health products at affordable costs.

The set of four napkins will cost Rs 10 as against existing corresponding prices for similar packs of non-biodegradable pads being anywhere between Rs 30 to Rs 80.

The napkins can be purchased at all 3,200 Jan Aushadhi stores across 586 districts. And these napkins are easy to use and dispose.


Addressing the press during the launch, Ananth Kumar said, Suvidha answered everyone’s concerns by addressing all three challenges around sanitary pads – ‘Suvidha, Swasthya and Swachhta.’

As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) IV:

  • 62% young women in the country in the age group 15 to 24 years use cloth for menstrual protection.
  • 42% women use sanitary napkins.
  • 16% use locally prepared napkins.
  • Majority of women in rural areas did not use a hygienic method of menstrual protection with the survey findings indicating that only 48% of those surveyed in rural India used sanitary napkins during their menstrual cycle as against 78% in urban parts of the country.
  • The survey was conducted in the year 2015-2016.