Free Sanitary Napkins for Girls in Bihar’s Govt Schools

Bihar Government in a commendable move has started providing free sanitary napkins to adolescent female students in government schools to help them maintain hygiene.  State Education Minister Ashok Choudhary told reporters that school girls from Class VIII-X have all been provided with INR 150 so they can buy sanitary napkins for themselves, and INR 57.87 crore has been spent to benefit the 36,46,114 female students who are registered at government schools.

The money for sanitary napkins has been made available under the ‘Mukhyamantri Kishori Swasthya Karyakram’. -Ashok Choudhary


Earlier this year, in February, after his return to office, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced his decision to provide sanitary napkins to female students. Similar to other initiatives he was responsible for, like providing cycles, uniforms, and books to students in government schools, this announcement too was met favourably.

“We will fulfill all the promises made to people of the state,” Ashok Choudhary.

Part of Kumar’s ‘seven resolves,’ which have now been adopted by the grand secular alliance government, are enabling free wi-fi in colleges and universities, and holding English speaking courses.