NIRDPR has signed with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to supply sanitary napkins to students

Last Updated: July 5, 2019

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NIRDPR has signed with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to supply sanitary napkins to students
05 July 2019 Current Affairs: National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) has signed with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a public sector enterprise, on a pilot project to supply sanitary napkins to students. The project has been allocated an amount of Rs.71.82 lakh given by the BDL as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
Under the project, sanitary napkins will be provided to 11,516 students free of cost through a team of volunteers and female teachers of 75 schools in Gandipet, Moinabad, Rajendranagar, Serilingampally and Shamshabad mandals of the Telangana State.

Aim:
The project aims to create awareness and hygiene on menstruation and menstrual hygiene among children in government schools in Telangana.
The objective includes information dissemination on safe disposal mechanism of sanitary napkins without affecting the environment.
It aims to drive them towards fruitful education without absenteeism and health hazards.
BDL has prepared a communication material in both Telugu and English, which may be useful for other women in the villages too
It is likely to be expanded to 22 more mandals in the next phases depending upon the results. 

Why the project?
The hygiene-related practices of women during mensuration are important as it has a health impact in terms of increased vulnerability to Reproductive Tract Infections (RTI). The interplay of socio-economic status, menstrual hygiene practices and RTI are commonly noticeable in the rural areas.
Self Help Group (SHG) entrepreneurs has been asked to produce sanitary napkins and also call for open tenders for meeting additional requirements.

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL):
Bharat Dynamics Limited was founded in 1970 in Hyderabad, Telangana. BDL functions under the Ministry of Defence. It is a manufacturing base for guided missiles and allied defence equipment in the country.

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR):
The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) is an Indian institute for research in rural development. It is located in Rajendranagar near Hyderabad.
It is an autonomous organization under the Department of Rural Development and received accreditation from AICTE in 2018.

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