Hyderabad, Jul 4: National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) is collaborating with public sector enterprise Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) on a pilot project to create awareness on menstruation and menstrual hygiene among girl students in government schools in Telangana.
The pilot project will benefit over 11,516 girl students enrolled in 75 government schools in five mandals of the state.
The project, taken up as part of BDL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, is likely to be expanded to 22 more mandals in the next phases consequent upon the results, the Institute said in a release here on Thursday.
BDL has provided a funding of Rs. 71.82 lakh for this project and under CSR, the sanitary napkins will be supplied to students free of cost through the team of volunteers identified and female teachers from the schools.
BDL has approached NIRDPR to implement this pilot project on ‘Awareness Creation and Supplying of Sanitary Napkins to the Girl students of Government Schools.’
Highlighting the importance of this project, Prof. R. Murugesan, Head, Centre for CSR, Public Private Partnership and People’s Action, NIRDPR, said, through this particular project, it is aiming to create awareness on health and menstrual hygiene along with sociological and environmental issues, and removing the stigma associated with menstruation among rural adolescent girls, driving them towards fruitful education without any absenteeism and health hazards.
For procuring the sanitary napkins, we are giving importance to Self Help Group entrepreneurs who produce them and also call for open tenders for meeting additional requirements if any and based on the experiences, we hope the project will be expanded to other areas as well to benefit adolescent girls with the generous support of corporate donors, Mr Murugesan added.
Speaking about this CSR Initiative, a BDL official said that we are sure that this project would yield expected results and positive impact in line with the objectives.
According to the State Department of Secondary Education, there are 38,656 girl students studying in 419 government schools.
To attain the objectives, NIRDPR is reviewing the range of economic, social, cultural and geographical conditions with feasible representatives of beneficiaries in the sample areas.
NIRDPR has established an exclusive Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership and Peoples’ Action (CSR, PPP & PA) which is functioning as ‘Nodal Centre’ for engaging the leaders in business, Panchayati Raj Functionaries, Government Development Administration, NGOs, Public and Private Sector Enterprises and other stakeholders in policy dialogue and advocacy for better involvement of these players towards inclusive development of the country. (UNI)