Odisha's new Khushi scheme aims to provide good menstrual hygiene care to women of the state. This initiative aims to promote health and hygiene among school going adolescent girls leading to higher retention in school and greater empowerment of women.
Under the Khushi scheme, the government will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. The scheme is being implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of Rs 70 crore per year.
As per the data of the National Family Health Survey, in Odisha, 53 percent of women use unhygienic methods and around 69 percent of women use cloth during menstruation. To address this dire scenario, the Odisha government has initiated Khushi Scheme.
The government of Odisha is also providing sanitary napkins to rural women at subsidized rates of Rs. 6 for six napkins through ASHA workers.
Established: 1 April 1936
Capital: Bhubaneshwar (Also Largest City)
Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
Official Language: Odia