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The Karnataka government that is busy in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic has silently buried a vital hygiene scheme for adolescent girls. Distribution of sanitary napkins has come to a halt as no funds have been allocated this year for the ‘Shuchi’ scheme, a menstrual hygiene project.
About the ‘Shuchi’ scheme
- The scheme, started in 2013-14, was initially a Centrally-sponsored one. However, the Centre asked States to take over the scheme from 2015-16.
- Every year, the Karnataka government has been spending a little over ₹49 crore on the scheme.
- It was aimed at instilling awareness about menstrual hygiene even among girls in rural areas.