Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday gave its nod to several proposals, including the ‘Khushi Yojana’ to provide free sanitary pads to school girls from Class-VI to XII.
The State Government will spend Rs 466 crore in five years in the scheme which will benefit 17.25 lakh girl students between Class VI and Class XII across Odisha. At least 18 beltless napkins will be provided to each girl per month. Students of Central schools and Jawaharlal Nehru will also be benefitted.
The Cabinet also allowed amendment of Odisha Homoeopathic Medical Education Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013. In order to provide opportunity to accommodate Homoeopathic doctors who have crossed the age limit of 32 years in the process, there is a need to enhance the upper age limit for recruitment to 40 years.
In February last year, the Odisha Government announced Khusi scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the State. The scheme will be implemented by the Health and Family Welfare Department in association with the School and Mass Education, SC and ST and Minorities Development, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities departments.