India: Free sanitary napkin vending machines at Delhi schools



By APD writer Rishika Chauhan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 16 (APD) - In a proposal, on Monday the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) shared its plan to install free sanitary napkin vending machines in all its secondary and senior secondary schools.

The proposals also include starting student exchange programme with northeaster provinces of India and introduction of management automation systems in NDMC schools.

As the NDMC announced its budget, the financial year 2018-19 was dedicated to education and smart governance.

About the installation of free sanitary napkin vending machines, NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said, “To improve hygiene among school girls, sanitary napkin vending machines will be installed in the year 2018-19 in all secondary and senior secondary NDMC schools in collaboration with HLL Lifecare Limited to dispense free sanitary napkins to girl students.”

Additionally, the NDMC plans to construct a 100-bed girls hostel near the Navyug Girls International School for the daughters of martyrs of the paramilitary forces.

At the facility, education, boarding and other amenities will be free for such students.

Kumar informed, “The focus of our budget is to ensure good governance using technology and improving efficiency.”

“The idea is to rely more on digital systems and cut down use of paper. We have already introduced e-health care, smart parking, grievance system and so on, through our mobile app and, further, we will add more features in the app,” he added.