The Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins initiative has been launched by three oil marketing companies – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). As per National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report, about 33.5 percent of women uses sanitary pad in Odisha. To get away with this shortage, the three companies will set up 100 manufacturing units at the Common Service Centres (CSC) covering 100 Blocks across 30 districts of Odisha at an estimated cost of Rs 2.94 crore.
The mission, which forms part of the CSR initiative of OMCs in Odisha, is aimed to educate women on female hygiene and health, improve accessibility to low cost eco-friendly sanitary pads and boost rural employment and economy
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