Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative to create jobs for 600 women
Bhubaneswar: Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins Initiative, a CSR activity by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), will be launched in the state on December 30.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the initiative in which manufacturing units of Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins will be set up at the Common Service Centres across the state.
“As per NFHS-4 report, overall use of sanitary napkins in Odisha is 33.5 percent. Only 42.8% of rural women between the age of 15-24 years use proper hygienic methods during menstruation,” the IOCL, BPCL and HPCL said in a joint press meet.
Under the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative 100 local manufacturing units will be set up at Common Service Centres (‘CSCs’) across all 30 districts, covering 93 blocks in the state of Odisha. The cost of setting up these manufacturing units is Rs. 2.94 crores.
Each facility will have the capacity to produce 1200-2000 pads each day and will have a sterilization room to ensure that the napkins are sterilised before they are packed for consumption of rural women.
The CSCs are also being provided with raw material, enough to make 45,000-50,000 pads. These napkins will be priced at Rs. 40/- per pack; each pack containing 8 pads.
Fulfilling the purpose of this CSR initiative, each manufacturing unit will employ 5 to 6 Ujjwala beneficiaries thus providing employment to about 600 Ujjwala beneficiaries across all districts.